Washington Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Layoff: What you need to know

While Washington 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 more comprehensive 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 Washington, after the dislocated worker unit receives notice of a layoff, it contacts the state's Rapid Response team. If appropriate, the Rapid Response team will meet with company officials to schedule pre-layoff workshops for the affected workers.
Employers can also learn about pre-layoff services designed to help workers shorten their transition to new employment, receive information to assist the company in maintaining worker morale and productivity during the transition, and get assistance in the coordination of services for workers.
Employers in Washington covered by the WARN Act should visit https://esd.wa.gov/about-employees for additional details.
Last reviewed on January 12, 2017.

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