What are our obligations to provide notice that a location is closing?

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Q. Due to a downturn in business, we are planning to close one of our stores. Ten employees will be affected. Do we have to give any advance notice to the employees of their layoff?

A. No. Minnesota does not have any laws requiring employers to give advance notice of layoffs. The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires certain employers in certain circumstances to give at least 60 days’ advance notice prior to a plant closing or mass layoff. However, given the size of the group affected by your reduction in force, it is clear that WARN would not apply.

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