Maryland Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Maryland Layoff: What you need to know

While Maryland has no layoff notice requirements of its own, 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. There is a comprehensive discussion of the WARN Act available.
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If a state agency or department is planning a layoff, it must give affected employees at least 60 days' notice (MD State Personnel and Pension Code Sec. 11-204).
Maryland offers employees further assistance when layoffs occur.
Economic Stabilization Act. Maryland's voluntary “quick response” program is an early-warning incentive program, designed to minimize the adverse effects of a shutdown to employers, employees, and communities.
The program provides that employers with 50 or more employees (as opposed to 100 under the WARN Act) that plan to relocate, close, or reduce their workforce over a 3-month period, by the greater of 25 percent or 15 employees, should give workers advance notice of at least 90 days, if possible.
Closings or reductions include impending mergers, liquidations, sales, shutdowns, or relocations. However, they do not include layoffs resulting solely from a labor dispute, seasonal factors, or an employer's bankruptcy filing under federal bankruptcy law; reductions occurring in state-run commercial, industrial, or agricultural enterprises; or reductions occurring at construction sites or ...

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