(NEXSTAR) – Between tons of tech layoffs and major retailers closing up shop, it’s understandable if you’re feeling a little uneasy in terms of job security. Depending on the size of your company and your state of residence, you may be able to easily check if your employer is planning serious cuts or branch closures.
It’s thanks to a federal law called the WARN Act, which stands for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Essentially, the law requires employers with 100 or more full-time employees to give 60 days of advanced notice for plant closings or mass layoffs. A “mass layoff” is defined as: (1) loss of 500 or more jobs at an employment site or (2) loss of 50 to 499 jobs, if that number makes up more than 33% of the company’s workforce.
Some states have even stricter rules, requiring WARN notices from smaller companies or employers planning layoffs that affect fewer people.
For-profit and non-profit companies are covered by federal law, but government jobs are not. (There are other exceptions and situational factors, many of which are covered in a Department of Labor FAQ.)
The WARN Act requires employers to give written notification to employees (or their union representatives) who may be reasonably affected by planned layoffs or closures. It’s a federal law, so the requirements apply in all 50 states.
On top of that, many (but not all) states make filed WARN notices publicly available online. California, New York, Florida and Texas, for example, all have databases that are easy to download or search online.
A Department of Labor spokesperson told Nexstar “Some states publish a listing of received WARN notices on their websites. However, they are not required to do so. Thus, the frequency and amount of information often vary.”
Searching your state’s name plus “WARN notices” will point you in the right direction to find your state’s database, if it’s available online.
For those having trouble finding the information online, the Department of Labor also has contact information for Rapid Response Coordinators in all 50 states.
For those stressed about their job, remember the nature of the WARN Act requires the company to inform employees who may be affected. So if your job is at risk in one of the mass layoffs or closures described by the law, you should already have been notified before finding the information online.
The latest jobless claims numbers, published Thursday, show 13,000 more people applied for unemployment benefits in the last week of April when compared to the week before. Overall, about 1.8 million people were collecting unemployment in the week ending on April 22.
The unemployment rate was still quite low last month at 3.5%.
Which companies are facing layoffs in Ohio?
iMFLUX: 122 employees will be laid off in June
American Medical Response: 50 employees will be laid off in August
Sherwin-Williams: 51 employees will be laid off June-August
Forman Mills: 98 employees will be laid off in August
Multi-Color Corporation: 56 employees to be laid off in July
Honeywell Intelligrated LLC: 223 employees will be laid off June-December
Crothall Healthcare: 88 employees will be laid off in June
Promedica: 189 employees will be laid off between July 31 and Aug. 14
David’s Bridal: An unknown amount of employees will be laid off through August
AmeriMark: 223 employees will be laid off through June
Toppan Merrill: 186 employees will be laid off June-July
Visible Supply Chain Management LLC: 37 employees will be laid off in June
McLaren WellCare Clinics: 118 employees will be laid off through June
Sensience: 42 employees will be laid off June-December
Pactiv Evergreen: 155 employees will be laid off June-September
Yellow Corporation – Green: 107 employees will be laid off through June
Yellow Corporation – West Chester: 150 employees will be laid off through June
Genpak, LLC: 67 employees will be laid off by December
Abercrombie and Fitch Management Co: 63 employees will be laid off by January
Energy Harbor Generation LLC: 140 employees will be laid off through June