COVID-19 Is Not a Natural Disaster Under WARN Act

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The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Texas employers) has determined that the COVID-19 pandemic is not considered a natural disaster, thus it is not an exception to the federal law that requires businesses to give employees advance notice of mass layoffs. Employers could find themselves liable for mass layoffs that occurred two years ago.

What Is the WARN Act?

Passed in 1988, The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act is a U.S. labor law intended to protect workers. It requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide a

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