WARN, layoffs, reporting

WARN reporting requirements

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


How to report a layoff
Companies must provide written notice to the Employment Security Department 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
  • Physical and mailing address of layoff or closure
  • Company representative contact name and phone number
  • Mention if the layoff or closure is temporary or permanent
  • Mention if the entire plant or business at that location closing
  • Expected layoff date and a schedule of any further employment reductions
  • Job titles of positions affected and the number of affected employees in each job category
  • Mention if the affected employees are represented by a union.
  • If so, name of each union/employee representative and the name and address of the chief elected officer of each union
  • A statement of bumping rights, if any exist

2. Email, fax or mail the letter to our Communications Office:

Employment Security Department
Communications Office
Attention: WARN Team
PO Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046

Fax: 360-902-9315 (If faxing, include a cover sheet addressed to the attention of the Communications Office.)

Email: esddlcommunications@esd.wa.gov (Please include "WARN" on the subject line.)

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


Additional mass-layoff information