Michigan Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Layoff: What you need to know

While Michigan 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 discussion of the WARN Act available.
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The WARN Act requires employers to notify their state dislocated worker unit when layoffs occur. In Michigan, employers must notify the state's Workforce Development Agency.
Upon receiving the notice, the Agency initiates a Rapid Response Team Meeting that involves a mix of state agencies and local service providers, the private sector, and organized labor (if employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement).
For more information, visit http://www.michigan.gov/wda.
Last reviewed on January 19, 2017.

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