A bill before the Ohio Legislature would require employers to provide more notice of mass layoffs than required by current state law or the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.
Currently, Ohio employers must provide seven days’ notice when 50 or more employees are being laid off. Federal law requires a 60-day notice for layoffs of 100 or more.
The new proposal, H.R. 434, would require employers laying off 25 or more employees to give 90 days’ notice.
The bill provides exemptions for unforeseeable circumstances, natural disasters and wars, or situations where employers make good-faith efforts to obtain capital, but are ultimately unsuccessful.