Reporting requirements for mass layoffs
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires companies planning a mass layoff to notify workers 60 days before the closure.
Who must report layoffs
- Companies with 100 or more employees.
- Plants with 50 or more employees in a single location.
The minimum number of laid-off workers is higher for very large work forces.
How to report a layoffCompanies must provide written notice to our Dislocated-Worker unit and to the chief elected official of the community where the layoff or closure will occur.
1. Write a letter that includes all of the following:
- Company name and location of layoff or closure.
- Company contact name and phone number.
- An explanation of whether the employment loss is temporary or permanent, and whether the entire plant will be closing.
- The expected layoff date and a schedule of any further employment reductions.
- The job titles of positions that will be affected and the number of affected employees in each job category.
- A statement of bumping rights, if any exist.
- The name of each union/employee representative and the name and address of the chief elected officer of each union.
2. Mail or fax the letter to our Dislocated-Worker unit:
Employment Security Department
Dislocated Worker Unit, WSID
Attention: Bob Hughes or Dennis Birge
PO Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046
Fax: 360-725-9485 (If faxing, include a cover sheet to the Dislocated Worker Unit's attention.)
3. Send a letter to the chief elected official of the community where the layoff or closure will occur.
Additional mass-layoff information
- Go to the U.S. Department of Labor's WARN Web page to get complete details about WARN.
- Go to our WARN page to see a list of Washington employers who announced layoffs or closures.
- Learn about our services available to disclocated workers.
- Read our privacy statement.