Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) Law and Legal Definition
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act) is a United States labor law. It offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union); to the State dislocated worker unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government. Employees entitled to advance notice under the WARN Act include managers, supervisors, hourly-wage, and salaried workers.
Employees unprotected by the WARN Act include, Workers participating in strike actions, or workers who have been locked out in a labor dispute; Workers employed on temporary projects or the work facilities of the business who clearly understand the temporary nature of the work when hired; Business partners, consultants, and contract employees assigned to the closing business, but who have a separate employment relationship with another, second employer and who are paid by that other, second employer, and those business partners, consultants, and contract employees who are self-employed and regular federal, state, and local government employees.
An employer who violates the WARN provisions is liable to each employee for an amount equal to back pay and benefits for the period of the violation, up to 60 days.
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