Federal WARN and NYS Mini-WARN: Obligations for Employers in Light of COVID-19

March 27, 2020

As employers navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 public health crisis, many have been forced to consider difficult decisions about laying off and furloughing employees, or otherwise reducing employee work hours. In addition to complying with the new federal and state mandates concerning the provision of leave—see our alerts at the Patterson Belknap Resource Center—employers will need to comply carefully with the provisions of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, commonly known as the “WARN Act”, and its state analogs, also known as “mini-WARN” laws. This alert addresses some of the key questions that employers may have as they navigate this new territory. 

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