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Unforeseen Business Circumstances May Relieve Company of WARN Obligation.

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act generally requires that companies of 100 or more employees provide advance notice of plant closings. The purpose of such notice is to allow employees some time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, and to seek other jobs or retraining. The WARN Act requires 60 days written notice before a closing or mass layoff by covered employers. Companies that violate the Act are liable for back pay and benefits for each day that the required notice is not provided, up to a 60 day maximum.
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