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California WARN Act

What is the California WARN Act?

The California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, known as the WARN Act, protects workers who have suffered a mass layoff, plant closing, or relocation by requiring employers to give a 60 day advance notice to affected employees. This notice gives employees the chance to find other employment and prepare for the upcoming layoff.

The California WARN Act expands on the requirements of the Federal WARN Act. Other states have their own WARN Acts, such as the Illinois WARN Act, New Jersey WARN Act, and New York WARN Act.

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What are my rights under the California WARN Act?

The California WARN Act differs from the Federal WARN Act in a number of ways ways. For example:

  • The California WARN Act applies to layoffs that affect 50 or more employees within a 30-day period. Unlike the Federal WARN Act, the California WARN Act does not require the laid-off employees to constitute a certain percentage of the company's total work force.
  • The California WARN Act applies to businesses with 75 or more employees, while the Federal WARN Act applies to businesses with 100 or more employees.
  • Unlike the Federal WARN Act, the California WARN Act applies to part-time employees in addition to full-time employees.

Laid off without proper notice?

Think your former employer violated the California WARN Act? Free and confidential consultations are available with a employment attorney by calling (866) 981-4800 or by filling out the form to the right.

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