Missouri Layoff: What you need to know

Missouri follows 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.
Comprehensive information on the WARN Act is available.
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The WARN Act requires employers to notify their state dislocated worker unit when layoffs occur. Employers in Missouri should visit jobs.mo.gov/employer for further details.
The Electronic Mass Claims Filing system is designed to assist employers and their employees during a temporary mass layoff. Employee information provided by the employer allows the Division of Employment Security to quickly and efficiently file unemployment insurance claims. This filing method is available when at least 20 workers become totally unemployed.
To use this filing method, the temporary layoff cannot exceed 8 consecutive weeks. For more information, visit labor.mo.gov/DES.
The Division of Employment Security has instituted the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program, which is designed to help employers and employees and is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide the available work or hours of work among a specified group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff, and it allows the employees to receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours.
To participate, an employer must reduce the normal weekly ...

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