Idaho follows the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). The WARN Act is designed to provide advance notice of a covered employer's mass layoff or plant closing to enable affected employees to find another job or to seek training in another occupation. The law also gives the state time to prepare to assist the affected workers.
There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion of the WARN Act.
Even if the federal WARN Act does not apply, Idaho's Department of Labor can provide early intervention services in the event of a major layoff or plant closing. The Department's Dislocated Worker Unit will assist employers in identifying and accessing available public programs. These services include unemployment insurance, job placement assistance, and retraining opportunities for the impacted employees. The Department's staff will work closely with the employer to ensure that the services are provided in the most appropriate and effective manner for each company's unique situation.