The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) was created to provide protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs. Such advance notice provides workers and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain alternative jobs and, if necessary, to enter skill training or retraining that will allow these workers to successfully compete in the job market.
Employers who are considering plant closings or mass layoffs may or may not be subject to the notification requirements contained in the WARN Act, depending on the size and scope of the plant closing or mass layoff. Florida does not have its own mini-WARN Act. However, many other states have their own versions of the WARN Act, which may contain different or additional notice requirements than the requirements set forth in the federal WARN Act.