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The Worker Readjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) is a law that requires employers to provide employees experiencing employment loss with a 60-day notice prior to a layoff, although some exceptions apply. The WARN protects workers, their families, and communities from the impact of mass layoffs.
You may need to file a WARN if you experience an event that triggers a WARN. Events that trigger a WARN might include mass layoffs, plant closings, or the sale of a business although some exceptions apply.
A WARN notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g. a labor union); to the State Dislocated Worker Unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government. No particular form of notice or record is required but the content of the WARN notification must be specific and in writing. Failure to provide adequate notice to employees may result in prosecution and penalties.
To file a WARN or for more information, please contact the State of Colorado WARN Coordinator.
General questions may be directed to:
You can view Colorado plant closures and layoff notices issued under the WARN.
WARN notices are considered public records in compliance with the Colorado Open Records Act C.R.S 24-72-201 to 24-72-309.
What Triggers a WARN Notice:
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