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If you must downsize…

If you have to downsize or shut down operations, you may be obligated to give 60 days notice to employees under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. This law protects workers, their families, and pinkslipcommunities by requiring employers with 100 or more employees (generally not counting those who have worked less than six months in the last 12 months and those who work an average of less than 20 hours a week) to provide at least 60 calendar days advance written notice of a plant closing and mass layoff affecting 50 or more employees at a single site of employment.

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guides providing both workers and employers with an overview of their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of the WARN Act. The Department of Labor (DOL) has an e-learning program to help you understand the requirements of the WARN Act.

A resource available to you, should a large downsizing occur, is the Rapid Response Services for Employers program. This program from DOL is a proactive, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to help growing companies access an available pool of skilled workers from other companies that are downsizing or who have been trained in the skills your company needs to be competitive; and to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers.

Source: Business.gov


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