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Cleveland (City) - Ordinance Clev. City Code, Ch. 38, § 396.03. ((*Requires businesses with buildings of 150,000 square feet or more of space to give 60 day advance notice to various city officials before vacating or abandoning the property).
Indiana - Legislation (*No advance notification law. Under certain circumstances, notification to government officials is required when a company adopts a plan for dissolution, liquidation or withdrawal from the state).
Kansas - Legislation (*No advance notification law. Companies prohibited from reducing or ceasing operations for the purpose of avoiding state labor laws - notice to secretary of labor can reduced potential liability).
Maryland - Legislation Md. Code, Corp. & Assoc., § 1-101. (*Requires Maryland corporations to give 20 day advance notice to workers before filing dissolution papers).
Md. Code, Lab.& Empl., § 11-301 et. seq. (*Suggests, but does not require, a 90 notice period by employers of 50 or more persons before workplace closings and relocations that affect 25 percent of the workforce of 15 or more employees, which is greater).
Maryland - Regulations COMAR, § 09.33.02.04. (*Voluntary guidelines for advance notification of workers).
COMAR, § 09.32.02.06. (*Requires employer to file, 48 hours in advance of the layoffs, notice with Secretary of Labor).
Earlier this year, Minnesota legislators introduced a bills (H.F. No. 2284 & H.F. No. 2446) that would allow the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry to issue an order requiring an employer to comply with the state's Early Warning System law. The Early Warning System statute presently "encourages", but does not require, employers to provide advance notice of plant closings, substantial layoffs, or relocation of operations. The bills would permit the Commissioner to enforce the law and also permit affected workers to obtain relief, including treble damages, for violations of the Commissioner's order. The proposed laws are pending before the House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee.
For the third consecutive year, a state WARN Act has been introduced before the Rhode Island legislature. House bill 7565 and Senate bill 2378 would establish the Rhode Island Worker Protection and Job Loss Notification Act.
The House and Senate bills contain several important innovations. The bills would apply to employers of 75 or more workers. Notice requirements would be triggered by a transfer of operations resulting in the termination of employment for 25 or more workers and also be triggered by mass layoffs of 50 or more workers or mass layoffs of 25 or more workers representing 1/3 of the employees at the establishment.
The Senate passed the bill in June, however the House continues to consider the bill in committee.