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Mini-WARN Laws by State and Municipality

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires covered employers that are planning a plant closing or mass layoff to provide advance written notice to employees and other entities. The Act also imposes penalties on employers that fail to provide the required notice.

The following chart summarizes state and local mini-WARN Act requirements for mass layoffs, plant closings and relocations relating to employer coverage, triggering events, written notice and penalties. It also includes any exceptions to these requirements.

References on the chart to FTEs means "full-time employees" and to PTEs means "part-time employees." Cells marked with "N/A" signify either that there is no state or local law or that the particular issue in question does not apply under that state's or locality's law.

Information regarding COVID-19 related laws for layoffs and furloughs is available in the Editor's Choice article, Coronavirus (COVID-19): WARN Implications for Layoffs and Furloughs.