What is WARN?

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Dear Laurie:

I heard a rumor that you are technically employed and being paid to do nothing. Is that true? How do I get that sweet job?

Signed,
Your Jealous Friend

Dear Jealous Friend,

I don’t blame you for being jealous. The rumors are true: I am being paid for the next sixty days due to something called the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). Very simply, Wikipedia defines the WARN Act as a law in the United States that protects employees, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.

If you want to get all HR Geek, you can look here and here and here.

My particular job loss meets the aforementioned criteria, so I am employed for a sixty-day notice period. I will be eligible for a severance package when that notice pay ends (according to the terms & conditions of the plan itself) in early August.

Can I be asked to work during my notice period? Do I need to live up to the code of conduct, policies, and procedures established by my company during this period.

In my case, if I wish to qualify for severance, the answer is yes x200.

I guess my true response to your question, Jealous Friend, is REALLY? DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE LIKE ME AND LOSE YOUR JOB? REALLY?

Oh you do? Okay, great. It’s not that bad. I’ll be at the beach, tomorrow. Let’s chat about how you can get a sweet job like mine, yo.

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