Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARNs)
In 1988, Congress passed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act to provide workers with sufficient time to prepare for the transition between the jobs they currently hold and new jobs. It also provides protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide 60 days notice in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (i.e. a labor union), to the state Workforce Transition Unit and the appropriate unit of local government.
Employers wishing to submit a WARN or Non-WARN should send the notification to:
For additional information on No Cost Rapid Response resource services, aimed at assisting employers and employees through the transition of a layoff or closure, email DWD at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rapid Response is a pro-active, business-focused response to layoffs and plant closures by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. Rapid Response works to quickly maximize resources, to minimize disruptions associated with job loss. Rapid Response customizes services on and off-site to accommodate work schedules and assist companies in retaining employees and aiding employees through the painful transition associated with the event.
WARN Act Compliance Assistance
On WARN Act requirements please refer to the links below, or phone the U.S. Department of Labor at (202) 693-3500.