The California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification WARN Act (Cal-WARN Act) protects workers and their families by requiring that employers give 60 days’ advance notice when closing a plant, laying off a substantial number of employees, or relocating their business. Businesses are also required to notify the Local Workforce Development Board, as well as the chief elected official of each city and county government for the area where the termination, relocation, or mass layoff occurs.

The Cal-WARN Act differs in some ways from the Federal WARN Act, but California businesses must satisfy both. The Cal-WARN Act applies to any “covered establishment” in California with 75 or more full- or part- time employees, and affected employees must have been employed for at least 6 of the 12 months preceding the date of required notice.

If your employer violates the Cal-WARN Act, it may owe:

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