New York WARN Act Takes Effect February 1, 2009

                               New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The New York State Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires employers to provide 90 days' notice prior to a plant closing, mass layoff or relocation occurring on or after February 1, 2009. Notice must be provided to affected employees, the New York Department of Labor and the local workforce investment board at least 90 days before the event. For employers planning layoffs shortly after the new law takes effect, notice would have to be provided prior to the law's effective date to meet the 90-day requirement. The state WARN Act applies to private employers with 50 or more workers who layoff at least 25 employees. Violations are enforceable by the Commissioner of Labor and are subject to civil penalties and back wages.

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