In addition to the federal requirements, Kansas has certain layoff notice requirements of its own. Under state law, food producers, clothing manufacturers, fuel mining companies, transportation companies, public utilities, and common carriers must apply to the secretary of labor for permission to limit or cease operation (KS Stat. Sec. 44-616). For other plant closings or mass layoffs, state agencies assist in enforcing the requirements of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). The WARN Act imposes restrictions on the way layoffs are handled. It is designed to give employees advance notice of a layoff in order to find another job or to seek retraining in a new occupation and to give the state adequate preparation to assist the affected workers.
A comprehensive discussion of the WARN Act is available. .