WARN Notices

Employers planning a closure or mass layoffs are required to file a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification—WARN notice—with the state.

How It Works

The WARN Act seeks to protect workers, their families, and their communities by requiring employers to provide 60 days’ advance notice of certain plant closings and mass layoffs. Businesses that employ at least 100 workers, excluding part-time workers, are required to file a WARN notice if they are preparing to take one of the following actions:

  • A plant closing that affects at least 50 employees during any 30-day period. (This does not include workers who have worked less than six months during the last year or employees who work less than an average of 20 hours a week.)
  • A mass layoff of at least 500 employees or between 50-499 employees if they make up at least one-third of the employer’s workforce.

WARN notices must be filed with the following parties:

  • Affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union)
  • The N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions
  • The chief elected official of the unit of local government where the site is located

Employers that file a WARN notice will be contacted within 48 hours by a Rapid Response team. (Read a sample WARN notice here.)

For More Information

To contact the state for more information, write or call the division at:

N.C. Department of Commerce
Division of Workforce Solutions
ATTN: Rapid Response Team
4316 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4316

Phone: (919) 814-0400 or (800) 562-6333
Fax: (919) 662-4770

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