The recent economic lull has lead to increased layoffs across different industries. Employers may be required to give advance notice to affected employees and certain government entities. There are Federal and State laws which discuss the issue of notice owed to employees before large layoffs. The Federal law is known as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or ‘WARN’ Act. California’s version of the WARN act (AB 2957, the ‘baby’ WARN Act) contains additional provisions employers should be aware of. The baby WARN Act applies to “mass layoffs”, “terminations” and “relocations” at “covered” establishments. There are no regulations interpreting the California version which makes it difficult to understand.

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