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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 layoff

Companies 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.  E-mail, fax or mail the letter to our Dislocated-Worker unit:

Employment Security Department
Dislocated Worker Unit, WCDD
Attention: Bob Hughes
PO Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046
Fax: 360-902-9662 (If faxing, include a cover sheet to the Dislocated Worker Unit's attention.)
E-mail: bhughes@esd.wa.gov

3.  Send a letter to the chief elected official of the community where the layoff or closure will occur.

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