January 31, 2009

New NY law gives workers more advance notice of layoffs

Filed under: FYI — 7macaw @ 7:35 am
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As of Sunday, more New York employers will have to give workers a heads-up about a proposed plant closing or mass layoff, and give the notices much earlier.

The state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act, or WARN, is a tougher version of a federal law with the same name:

  • It covers companies with at least 50 full-time employees, versus 100 under the federal law.
  • It requires at least a 90-day written advance notice for a mass layoff or plant closing, versus 60 days under the federal statute.
  • It is triggered when at least 25 employees are laid off, if they make up 33 percent of the workforce, or when a company lays off at least 250 full-time employees. That contrasts with the federal provision, which is triggered when a company lays off 500 employees or 50 to 499 workers, if they make up at least 33 percent of the workforce.



  1. It’s great but how exactly does that help? If a company needs to go through layoffs, laws cannot help much.

    Comment by myphotoscout — January 31, 2009 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  2. As always, the big wall street firms will probably demand and get exemption from this law. They are all above the laws!

    Comment by Sam — February 1, 2009 @ 8:42 am | Reply

  3. Gives everyone longer to loot the facility… no-longer are you constrained to the day-of-the-layoff only!

    Comment by Alan — February 2, 2009 @ 5:03 am | Reply

  4. Basically NY is out of unemployment funds.. wish they had more advance warning- this is what it is..

    Comment by Sam — February 2, 2009 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

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