CLOSINGS AND LAYOFFS: REQUIRED NOTIFICATIONS FOR LAYOFFS
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) gives protection to workers and their families by requiring employers to provide advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs.
Notice is made to provide workers and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to look for alternative jobs and, if necessary, to enter skill training or retraining that will allow these workers to successfully compete in the job market.
Not all plant closings and layoffs are subject to the Act, and certain points must be met before the Act applies. WARN Act violations can be expensive and can be assessed against employers that violate the Act.
There is a lot of issues that employers must consider in connection with layoffs, such as the possibility of discrimination suits, the notice requirements for and the cost of healthcare continuation coverage, and whether to provide outplacement services and severance pay.
David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (818) 918-5522 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/