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New York State Adds Notice Requirements For Warn Act Compliance

The written notification requirements of the NYS WARN Act (which differ from the notification requirements of the Federal WARN Act) apply to plant closings, mass lay-offs and relocations of covered employees as defined by the Act. These notification requirements were amended effective November 11, 2020.

Up until now, the mandated ninety day written notification went to affected employees; union representatives (if applicable), the local Workforce Investment Boards; and the Department of Labor. Employers are now required to provide the notification to:

1). The chief elected official of the unit or units of local government and the school districts in which the mass layoff, relocation or employment loss will occur;

2). Each locality that provides police, firefighting, emergency medical or ambulance services to the site subject to the WARN-triggering event.

There are no specific points that must be included in these additional notifications, so employers should be guided by the other federal and state notification details to government entities.

Contact PMP if you have any questions or concerns about your obligation under Federal and State WARN statutes.


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