Q. We are selling our small business (15 employees). The company buying us won’t be hiring our staff. How many days’ notice is required to notify our employees? Will our employees qualify for unemployment benefits? — Chenna, Texas
A. You don’t have to provide any notice but, of course, your employees will appreciate whatever notice you can provide. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)—the federal law that requires you to notify employees of mass layoffs or plant shutdowns—applies only to much larger layoffs. And although a few states have “mini-WARN” laws that might apply to a smaller business, there is no such law in Texas. (Learn more about WARN: www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-warn.htm.)
Regarding unemployment benefits, it is likely the employees will qualify, provided they meet other eligibility requirements, because they are losing their work through no fault of their own.