The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act is federal legislation that offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of a covered-business closing and covered-business mass layoff. Enforcement of the WARN Act falls under U.S. Department of Labor jurisdiction. Access the fact sheet on the WARN Act.
Pennsylvania initiates rapid response assistance as soon as information is received that a mass dislocation or plant closure is scheduled to take place.
Rapid Response Assistance is triggered by a variety of information sources, such as notices issued under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act 20 CFR Part 639, April 20, 1989, public announcements, or press releases by the employer or representatives of an employer, and other less formal information developed by early warning networks, individual phone calls or other sources.
A “Public Notice” is a closing or layoff confirmed through a Rapid Response Unit contact. Every effort has been made to have a creditable source of information or confirmation from the employer or some other clearly credible evidence of an imminent dislocation event before listing it as a public notification of layoff.
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For more information or to submit a WARN notice, please reach out to the Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership & Operations Rapid Response Service Team at RA-LI-BWPO-Rapid@pa.gov.