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Layoff Notification/WARN

COVID-19 and Impacted Businesses

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), issued guidance for non-essential businesses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If you are a business with questions on the guidance, you can contact DCED at

However, if you are a business that has had to close either temporarily, consider layoffs, or is financially at-risk for permanent closure our Rapid Response Team is available to assist you with a variety of services and resources. Please contact the team directly at and a member of the team will be in touch within 48 hours.

The Rapid Response one-pager provides an overview of the services the team offers. The Rapid Response Information Guide can be downloaded or printed for easy reference and provides a thorough break-down of the program as well as a list of services, resources, Rapid Response Regional Contacts and Workforce Development Board contacts.

For the most accurate and timely COVID-19 information in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Department of Health website,, Facebook page and Twitter account.

WARN Notices

The 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.

Job services are also available on the PA CareerLink® webpage.

For more information or to submit a WARN notice:

Name: Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership & Operations

Rapid Response Services