News & Insights
Mar 18, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 17, suspending the requirements of the California WARN Act in the wake of massive business disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
Typically, the WARN Act requires employers with 75 or more employees to give a 60-day notice before layoffs occur to help employees and communities adjust and prepare.
However, the order stated that “because of the need to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19, employers have had to close rapidly without providing their employees the advance notice required under California law.” The executive order will cover certain actions taken after March 4 - the date of Newsom’s emergency declaration - provided that employers meet other guidelines outlined in the order.
If you have questions related to this decision, please contact a member of Waller’s employment group.
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