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Mass Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings: Maine

Mass Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Linda D. McGill, Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson


  • Maine has its own version of the federal WARN Act, the Maine Severance Pay Act, which covers more employers than its federal counterpart, pertains to more employer activities and delineates specific penalties for non-compliance. See Maine WARN.
  • Maine imposes severance pay requirements on employers that engage in a mass layoff. See Severance Pay.
  • Employers that fail to comply with the state's severance pay requirements may be subject to stiff fines for each violation. See Penalties and Enforcement.