From law firm Looper Reed & McGraw, a useful FAQ on the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires employers to notify workers in advance of planned layoffs:
“Who does it apply to: All employers with 100 or more full-time employees (not counting workers who have less than 6 months on the job and employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week) or employ 100 or more employees that work 4,000 hours per week combined.
What is the purpose of the law: When a business covered by the Act is laying off a large number of people at a single worksite, the Act requires the employer to give advance notice so that the employees can begin looking for other work…
Who counts as an employee: Anyone who will be laid off for more than six months, whose hours will be reduced by 50% or more, or who has been temporarily laid off with an expectation to be recalled that will no longer be recalled (including employees on worker’s comp, FMLA, or other leave).”
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