New York Department of Labor Issues Emergency/Proposed State WARN Act Regulations

February 2009

On February 18, 2009, the New York Department of Labor (the "N.Y.D.O.L.") published emergency/proposed regulations interpreting New York's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act ("N.Y.WARN" or "N.Y. Act"),which went into effect earlier this month. The regulations are important, particularly because the N.Y. Act is unclear, in part due to what appears to be a number of drafting errors. Although the N.Y.D.O.L. is seeking comments on the regulations for a 45-day period, the regulations went into effect immediately on an emergency, interim basis.

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