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Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act)

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) is a guide to advance notice of closings and layoffs. It was enacted on August 4, 1988, and became effective on February 4, 1989. The act falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Labor and offers protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide a 60-day notice in advance of plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either the affected workers or their representatives (e.g., labor union), to the state dislocated worker unit, and to the appropriate unit of local government.

In general, the WARN Act applies to employers with 100 or more employees, excluding employees who have worked less than 6 months in the past ...

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