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File a WARN Notice

Step 1: Federal WARN

If you employ 100 people or more and are planning a mass layoff or plant closing, you may be subject to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. This law requires that such employers give 60 days' notice of layoff actions to affected employers and the community.

Step 2: New Jersey WARN

  1. Provide notification of the termination or transfer of operations or mass layoff to:
    • the chief elected official of the municipality where the business is located;
    • each employee whose employment is to be terminated; and
    • any collective bargaining units of the employees at the business using this form.
  2. Notify the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development of the termination, transfer of operations, or mass layoff using this form.

    Note: Providing notification to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development via the online form will satisfy only the requirement under 2. above. You must use the hard copy form under 1. above to provide notification to the chief elected official of the municipality where the establishment is located, each employee whose employment is to be terminated, and any collective bargaining units of the employees at the establishment.

Step 3: Rapid Response

Our Rapid Response team assists both employers and workers involved in a closing or permanent mass layoff. Rapid Response specialists provide on-site assistance during your working hours at no cost to you.

Unemployment insurance

  • Explanation of benefits and eligibility requirements
  • Assistance filing claims

Reemployment services

  • Referrals to available jobs
  • One-Stop Career Center registration
  • Labor market information
  • Referral to a Jersey Job Club
  • Resume development

Training assistance

An introduction to state and federal retraining programs, including assistance available through New Jersey's community colleges.

Additional customized services can be provided in 

  • job solicitation campaigns.
  • targeted job fair assistance.
  • registration forms completion.
  • help deciphering federal/state plant closing requirements.

Initial meeting

Rapid Response specialists will meet with your management and union personnel (if appropriate) to develop a plan to serve your company’s workforce. This meeting identifies the services to be offered and the service delivery dates. Confidentiality, if requested, is assured.

Meeting with workers

We'll hold group meetings with your workforce according to your schedule. We provide program information, including information on how to file for unemployment insurance benefits.

If your company anticipates a closing or permanent mass layoff, please call the Rapid Response team at 800-343-3919 as soon as possible.