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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.
California This site has listings of committee members and contact information for state Senators and Representatives.
California Assembly Bill, AB 1543 Bill would require the Employment Development Department, upon receipt of the written notice of mass layoff or closing, to forward a copy of the notice to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and to post the notice on state website.
Minnesota This site has listings of committee members and contact information for state Senators and Representatives.
New Jersey Assembly Bill, A2278 Bill would require the Council on Affordable Housing to adjust a municipality's fair share obligation to reflect any permanent job loss within a municipality upon petition of the municipality. Related bill at A1264.
New Jersey This site has listings of committee members and contact information for state Senators and Representatives.
Vermont This site has listings of committee members and contact information for state Senators and House Representatives.
Wisconsin Assembly Bill, AB 375 Bill authorizes state economic development corporation to designate as a development opportunity zone an area in a county that experiences a mass layoff or business closing.
Wisconsin This site has listings of committee members and contact information for state Senators and Assembly members.
Wisconsin Senate Bill, SB 293 Bill authorizes state economic development corporation to designate as a development opportunity zone an area in a county that experiences a mass layoff or business closing.