California Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 17, suspending the requirements of the California WARN Act in the wake of massive business disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
Typically, the WARN Act requires employers with 75 or more employees to give a 60-day notice before layoffs occur to help employees and communities adjust and prepare.
However, the order stated that “because of the need to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19, employers have had to close rapidly without providing their employees the advance notice required under California law.” The executive order will cover certain actions taken after March 4 - the date of Newsom’s emergency declaration - provided that employers meet other guidelines outlined in the order.
If you have questions related to this decision, please contact any member of Waller's employment group