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CCH issues new white paper on WARN Act Obligations

CCH, part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, has published a White Paper, Meeting WARN Act Obligations Amid Mass Layoffs and Closures, by CCH Employment Law Analyst Pamela Wolf, JD. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research information and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal, business compliance and human resources professionals (

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the total number of extended mass layoff events and associated worker separations has reached their highest levels since 2001," said Wolf. "In these tough economic times, employers facing the possibility of downsizing or closing operations need to reduce liability and ensure they comply with the WARN Act."

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act places notice requirements on certain employers prior to implementing a plant closing or mass layoff. It prohibits a covered employer from ordering a plant closing or mass layoff before the end of a 60-day period beginning when written notice is provided to employees of the plant closing or layoff. Several provisions of the WARN Act limit its coverage, arising in the form of exemptions, exclusions, reductions and in the definitions used in the Act. This informative White Paper explores the details of the WARN Act, outlining employer obligations, exceptions to notice requirements and the consequences of noncompliance. It also examines what factors employers should consider in planning a mass layoff or closure.

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