Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act protects workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide 60 days’ notice of covered plant closings and mass layoffs.

This notice must be provided to the following parties:

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

A WARN notice enables the Division of Workforce Solutions to provide assistance to affected workers and allows workers transition time to seek alternative jobs or enter training programs. Covered employers under the WARN Act are business enterprises employing 100 or more workers, excluding part-time workers.

What triggers these notices under the WARN Act?

Plant Closing: A covered employer must give notice if an employment site will be shut down and the shutdown will result in an employment loss of 50 or more employees during any 30-day period. This does not include employees who have worked less than 6 months in the last 12 months or employees who work an average of less than 20 hours a week for that employer.

Mass Layoff: A covered employer must give notice if there is to be a mass layoff which does not result from a plant closing, but which will result in a loss of employment at the employment site during any 30-day period for 500 or more employees, or for 50-499 employees if they make up at least 33% of the employer’s workforce.

Contact information for WARN Notices and the Rapid Response Team:

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

View a sample WARN letter.

For more information about the WARN Act and its implications for your company, download the WARN Employer’s Guide to Advance Notice of Closings and Layoffs or use the interactive WARN Advisor.

Media Inquiries

If you are a reporter looking for information about a WARN notice, contact Justin Boulmay, communications and outreach specialist, at 919-814-0301, or e-mail

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