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The WARN Act Made Simple Training Course

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Understand the WARN Act: Requirements for layoff notices, covered employees, and compliance to avoid penalties.

17 minutes   |   SKU: ABCWAR    |    Language(s): EN    |    Produced 2022








17 minutes

Training Objectives

Understand the key provisions of the WARN Act
Identify which organizations and employees are covered by the WARN Act
Learn the criteria that trigger WARN Act notifications
Know the exceptions to the 60-day notice requirement
Comprehend the content and delivery requirements for WARN notices
Recognize the penalties for non-compliance with the WARN Act

Course Overview

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, enacted by Congress in 1988, was designed to protect workers and their families by ensuring they have sufficient notice and preparation time in the event of significant layoffs or plant closures. At its core, the WARN Act mandates that employers give a 60-day notice to affected employees, union representatives, and local government officials when a plant closure or mass layoff is imminent. This crucial legislation helps to mitigate the impact of job loss, allowing workers to transition more smoothly into new employment opportunities.

Understanding the intricacies of the WARN Act is essential for both employers and employees. The Act applies to businesses with 100 or more full-time workers, or those with over 4,000 hours worked per week by their workforce. Part-time employees, those working fewer than 20 hours a week, and employees who have been with the company for less than six of the last twelve months are not counted when determining if the WARN Act applies. Covered employees include both hourly and salaried workers, regardless of their management status, who face job termination, extended layoffs, or significant reductions in work hours.

Employers must navigate various provisions and exceptions under the WARN Act to ensure compliance. For example, the Act is triggered by closures or layoffs affecting 50 or more employees at a single site, or by significant reductions in work hours over a specified period. There are also detailed requirements for the content and delivery of WARN notices, which must include key information such as the nature and timing of the layoffs, bumping rights, and contact details for further inquiries. In certain circumstances, such as unforeseeable business disruptions or natural disasters, the Act allows for exceptions to the 60-day notice requirement, provided that notice is given as soon as practicable.

Failure to comply with the WARN Act can lead to severe penalties, including back pay and benefits for affected employees, as well as civil fines. Therefore, it is crucial for employers to understand and adhere to the Act's requirements, not only to avoid legal repercussions but also to provide essential support to displaced workers during challenging times. This course will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the WARN Act effectively, ensuring your business remains compliant and your employees are well-informed.

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What is the primary purpose of the WARN Act?

The WARN Act aims to provide workers with sufficient notice to prepare for transitions between jobs in the event of significant layoffs or plant closures.

Which organizations are required to comply with the WARN Act?

Organizations with 100 or more full-time employees, or those with over 4,000 hours worked per week, must comply with the WARN Act if they are laying off at least 50 people at a single site.

What types of employees are counted when determining if an employer is covered by the WARN Act?

Full-time workers who have worked for at least six of the last twelve months and those who work 20 or more hours per week are counted. Part-time workers and recent hires are excluded from this count.

Under what circumstances can an employer be exempt from the 60-day notice requirement of the WARN Act?

Employers can be exempt if the layoff or closure is due to unforeseeable business circumstances, a natural disaster, or if giving the notice would harm the company's ability to obtain capital or new business.

What are the potential penalties for employers who violate the WARN Act?

Employers who violate the WARN Act may be liable for up to 60 days of back pay and benefits for each affected employee and may also face civil penalties of up to $500 per day for failure to notify the appropriate local government entities.

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