According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 13,010,000 people in the civilian labor work force in Texas as of September 2015. Unfortunately, changes and downsizing in major Texas industries—including energy services and healthcare—have led to mass layoffs in recent years.
Texas does not have a state-level equivalent of the WARN Act. However, employers are still governed by the federal WARN Act, which requires that they notify employees at least 60 days in advance of plant closures or mass layoffs. Indeed, more than 240 WARN Notices were issued in 2015.
If you were employed in Texas and given less than 60 days’ notice prior to a plant closing or mass layoff, you may be entitled to receive benefits and reimbursement of wages.