By Executive Order (see https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.17.20-EO-motor.pdf), California is suspending the 60-day notice requirement for an employer that orders a mass layoff, relocation, or termination at a covered establishment on the condition that the employer:
- provides the affected employees with a notice as described by the California WARN Act;
- provides as much notice as is practicable, including a brief statement of the basis for the reduced notice;
- undertakes the mass layoff, relocation, or termination because of COVID-19-related business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable; and
- includes specified language in the notice advising affected employees that they may be eligible for unemployment insurance.
The Labor and Workforce Development Agency will be providing guidance regarding implementation of the Order by March 23, 2020.
For the latest updates, please visit Blank Rome’s Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) Task Force page.