Conduct a Reduction in Force (RIF) Under the WARN Act
- The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) is a federal law that requires most employers with more than 100 employees to provide 60 days advance notice to employees of impending mass layoffs.
- Employers should proceed with caution when identifying employees to be discharged as part of a reduction in force (RIF) or a mass layoff. Factors used to identify employees for discharge should be grounded in performance, and the results of an initial evaluation should be reviewed.
- Employers should cross-reference their results with additional factors such as equal employment considerations and impending vesting of benefits to ensure they are protected from disparate treatment or disparate impact claims.
- There are several exceptions to the WARN Act, pertaining both to employees and employers.