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Mass Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings: Massachusetts

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: Rebecca Sipowicz


  • Massachusetts has its own regulations concerning plant closings and mass layoffs that need to be complied in addition to the requirements of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. See Massachusetts WARN Act.
  • Eligible employees are entitled to receive reemployment assistance under Massachusetts law. See Reemployment Assistance.
  • A failure to notify the commissioner of a plant closing, partial closing or relocation within the Commonwealth is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. See Penalties and Enforcement.