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Illinois WARN Act

What is the Illinois WARN Act

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

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

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What are my rights under the Illinois WARN Act?

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

  • The Illinois WARN Act applies to businesses with 75 or more full-time employees, while the Federal WARN Act applies to businesses with 100 or more full-time employees.
  • The Illinois WARN Act defines a "mass layoff" as the loss of employment of at least 25 full-time employees, while the Federal WARN Act's definition requires a minimum of 50 full-time employees.

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