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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.

Source: Newsday.com

4 Comments »

  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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