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Downsizing in New York? Know when you need to WARN your employees

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Since 1989, the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act has required covered employers to give written notice in advance of certain workforce reductions affecting at least 50 employees.

Twenty years later, a New York law expanded the coverage to reductions potentially affecting as few as 25 employees.

If your business is planning or considering downsizing at these levels, then a review of the WARN Act needs to be undertaken early in the process.

Early warning

The WARN Act requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days’ advance written notice in the event of a “mass layoff” or “plant closing,” as defined in the law.

New York State’s WARN Act covers employers with as few as 50 total employees, and requires 90 days’ notice. (Some other states also have mini-WARN laws that may differ and should be reviewed with respect to reductions in force in those states.)

For WARN purposes, an “emp...(register to read more)

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