New state law extends layoff warnings to 90 days

A piece of legislation signed into law by Gov. David Paterson will give workers more notice before being laid off. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act assures employees will

News 12 Staff

Sep 26, 2008, 11:15 PM

Updated 5,776 days ago

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A piece of legislation signed into law by Gov. David Paterson will give workers more notice before being laid off.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act assures employees will get a 90-day instead of a 60-day warning before losing their jobs. The law is designed to prevent situations like that of the American Home Mortgage. Employees went to their jobs on a Friday last month to find the doors locked and their jobs gone.
"This is what we call a back door warning,? New York State Labor Secretary M. Patricia Smith says. ?These workers were not afforded the luxury of knowing what was about to happen to them."
Ernesto Mattace Jr., of Union 338, supports the new law and says it?s a good idea given the status of the economy.
The state Department of Labor says almost 76,000 Long Island residents are out of work, up by 2 percent from last year.
The New York State Labor Department says the WARN Act will also include stiff penalties for companies that fail to follow the law.


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