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Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Eventually, you may have to close your business, be it for economic reasons, emergencies, or, hopefully, successful retirement.  If that day arrives, there are certain notifications for employers that are required by the City of Philadelphia and by the federal government.

City of Philadelphia Requirements

The City of Philadelphia’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) of 1985 requires the following:

Philadelphia-based businesses with 50 or more employees, in Philadelphia, shall submit a letter (impact statement) to the Philadelphia Director of Commerce specifying the anticipated economic impact associated with the impending and involuntary closure or relocation of their facilities.

Included in all impact statements shall be the following:

  • The employer’s payroll
  • The number of employees affected by the action
  • The employer’s efforts to find suitable employment for those affected by the closure or relocation

Letters should be sent to:

Director of Commerce – RE: WARN
Philadelphia Department of Commerce
1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

When the Department of Commerce receives this letter, it will notify both Philadelphia Works and the Pennsylvania Regional Rapid Response Center of the impending impact.

Philadelphia Works (PhilaWorks) will then reach out to businesses subject to closure and their affected employees to offer its services.

Federal Requirements

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has its own Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which it enacted in 1988.

Learn more about the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.