WORKER ADJUSTMENT AND RETRAINING NOTIFICATION (WARN) ACT

Under Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN), Tennessee employers are required to send a written notice to the Dislocated Worker Unit 60 days in advance of a plant closure or mass layoff. Tennessee Code annotated (TCA 50-1-601) requires such notice when 50 or more workers are affected, versus the 100 required by federal guidelines.

The Dislocated Worker Unit generates the required WARN Notification Letters, which are distributed to the highest elected local official, WIN’s Executive Director, the Governor's designated cabinet members, certain federally elected representatives and others in need of this information. Area Dislocated Worker coordinators are notified of impending layoffs or closures. The coordinators then contact the employer and other members of the Rapid Response team within 48 hours to set up an initial meeting.

The Rapid Response team is made up of specialists from WIN, theTennessee Career Center System, the Area Dislocated Worker Coordinator, TN AFL-CIO (when applicable) and an Adult Education representative. The AFL-CIO is a member of the team if the affected workers are represented by organized labor. Other member agencies are included as required.

For more information on WARN, download the WARN Act Technical Assistance Guide or visit www.doleta.gov/layoff/.