Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
1989 the federal government enacted the WARN
Act, requiring affected employers to notify employees
of impending layoffs and plant closures in advance.
protects employees by notifying them in advance of the impending
layoffs so that:
have time to make necessary adjustments and begin looking
for new jobs.
free WIA services described in these pages can be made available
staff can work with the employer to try and avert the plant
closure or downsizing.
Act requires employers with 75 (in California AB 2957)
or more full-time employees to take certain actions if they
are about to:
a facility or operating unit is shut down for more than
six months, or when 50 or more employees lose their jobs
during any 30-day period at a single site of employment.
off 50 to 499 workers, when the layoff constitutes 33% or
more of the active work force at a single site.
off 500 or more workers at any single site.
Who to notify in Alameda County:
- President of the Board of Supervisors
County of Alameda Administration Building
1221 Oak Street, #536, Oakland, CA 94612
- Director, Alameda County WIB
24100 Amador St, Suite 610
Hayward, CA 94544
- Mayor of the city where the physical layoff or closing will occur.
addition, these employers are required to give 60 days advance
notice of any layoff. Failure to give such notice can result
in an employer liability to pay laid-off employees the 60
days worth of back pay and benefits they would have been entitled
to receive had notice been given.