New York State Department of Labor Issues Revised Regulations on the New York WARN Act

February 24, 2010

By: Colin M. Leonard

On February 12, 2010, the New York State Department of Labor issued revised, emergency regulations concerning the New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“NY WARN Act”), Section 860 of the New York Labor Law. The revised regulations are effective immediately and replace the regulations first published by the agency in January 2009. The NY WARN Act requires 90 days advance notice to employees and other designated officials prior to a mass layoff, plant closing, relocation or covered reduction in hours, which, in general, affects 25 or more employees.

Employers considering upcoming employee layoffs or plant shutdowns should review closely the revised regulations. Included among the many changes made by the revised regulations are the following:

  • use of email to notify employees; 
  •  a requirement that the notice from the employer be signed by an individual who can bind the employer and that the individual attest to the truthfulness of all information contained in the notice;
  • an expansion of the types of information that must be included on the various notice forms; and
  • a specification that an employer’s violation of NY WARN may be shared with other public entities in New York.