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New York Employment Law: Preparing for 2009

December 10, 2008

Allan S. Bloom and Glenn S. Grindlinger

With 2009 around the corner, its prudent for employers to become familiar with changes to New York law that become effective in the new year. What follows is a brief reminder about some of these changes.

The New York WARN Act

The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (NY WARN Act) becomes effective on February 1, 2009. The law is more expansive than the federal WARN Act in three significant ways: (1) it protects more employees; (2) it is more easily triggered (it can apply to a layoff of as few as 25 employees); and (3) it requires more advance notice of plant closings and mass layoffs (90 instead of 60 days).

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