While Minnesota has no mandatory layoff notice requirements of its own, the workforce development commissioner encourages businesses considering a plant closing, substantial layoff, or relocation of operations to give notice of that decision as early as possible. Notice should be provided to the commissioner, employees, any union representing the employees, and the local government where the business is located (MN Stat. Sec. 116L.976).
State agencies also 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 so they can find another job or seek training in a new occupation and to give the state adequate preparation to assist the affected workers.
Additional information regarding the WARN Act is available.