Ever since 1989, companies with 100 or more workers must give 60 days notice to employees and their families and the community of plant closings with mass layoffs. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act ( WARN Act ) governs these circumstances. It requires notice if 50 or more employees will be laid off within a 30 day period.
Employers who violate this law can be sued in federal court in a class action for wages and benefits during the 60 days. The law also requires the employer who violates the law to pay the attorneys’ fees and costs of the successful class of employees.