Virginia Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Virginia Layoff: What you need to know

Virginia 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 training 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.
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Employers must pay employees any wages due on or before the date on which the employee normally would have been paid (VA Stat. Sec. 40.1-29(A)(1)).
Virginia has implemented its version of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), which assists employers and employees with training issues. The state law is very similar to the federal law.
Virginia has created a website at, which details the Act and includes information for jobseekers on employer services, labor market information, and unemployment insurance services.
The WARN Act requires employers to notify their state dislocated worker unit when layoffs occur. Employers in Virginia should visit for further details and contact information.
Last reviewed on November 14, 2017.

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