CA Lab Code Section 1401

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WARN Act - Overview

State of California Employment Development Department, September 30, 2023

“Employers should review both the Federal WARN law and the California WARN law for a full understanding of the notification requirements. The following is a side-by-side chart…”
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An employer may not order a mass layoff, relocation, or termination at a covered establishment unless, 60 days before the order takes effect, the employer gives written notice of the order to the following:


The employees of the covered establishment affected by the order.


The Employment Development Department, the local workforce investment board, and the chief elected official of each city and county government within which the termination, relocation, or mass layoff occurs.


An employer required to give notice of any mass layoff, relocation, or termination under this chapter shall include in its notice the elements required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2101 et seq.).


Notwithstanding the requirements of subdivision (a), an employer is not required to provide notice if a mass layoff, relocation, or termination is necessitated by a physical calamity or act of war.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

§ 1401’s source at ca​.gov