New Mexico Layoff: What you need to know

New Mexico 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 so that they can find another job or seek retraining in a new occupation and to give the state adequate preparation to assist the affected workers.
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New Mexico has implemented its version of the federal Workforce Investment Act (now the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), which assists employers and employees with training issues. The state law is very similar to the federal law. Employers subject to the WARN Act still need to contact their state rapid response unit, which can assist them with training issues addressed by the Act.
New Mexico's Rapid Response is an early intervention service that assists both employers and employees affected by layoffs or plant closures. It provides access to resources and information to help transition affected workers into reemployment. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions provides Rapid Response assistance statewide to help employees gain access to all federal and state programs that have resources available to help them. Additional information on Rapid Response can be found at: http://www.dws.state.nm.us.
The WARN Act requires employers to notify their state dislocated worker unit when layoffs occur. Employers in New Mexico should visit http://www.dws.state.nm.us for details and contact information.
Last reviewed on November 3, 2015.

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