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New York increases layoff notice requirement to 90 days

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Gov. David Paterson has signed into law the State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which increases employers’ obligations to notify workers of upcoming layoffs. The new state law is tougher on employers than the federal WARN Act.

The state law requires employers with 50 or more workers to notify employees and the New York Department of Labor at least 90 days before a plant closure or layoff. Federal law requires 60 days’ notice.

Employers that do not comply are subject to penalties of up to $500 per day for each violation. It requires payment of back wages and benefits.

State Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith said, “For too long, workers in New York, given no notice in the face of immediate layoffs, have been unintentional victims of a federal law with limited enforcement provisions.”

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