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Are severance packages required

in Louisiana?​

QUESTION: The company I work for is considering selling the business. It is a smaller company with about 60 employees. I have only been employed a little over a year, but others have been here many years. I know in some states severance packages are given. What are my rights in regards to WARN and a severance package in Louisiana? Do they have to give us a specific amount of notice? Everything is up in the air and I'm not sure what I need to do at this point. 

 

ANSWER: WARN stands for Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act, and became the law in 1989. It requires employers to give 60 days notice before plant closings or mass layoffs. It does not apply to companies with less than 100 employees, and that does not include employees who have been with the company less than months or work less than 20 hours a week. It also does not apply to Federal, State or local government employees.

 

In your scenario – a business with less than 60 employees – WARN does not apply. About severance packages – the employer is not required to offer one in lieu of complying with WARN, but it is done. It depends on your employment agreement.

 

For more details about WARN, you can visit the Department of Labor's website www.doleta.gov and type in the search term "WARN"

 

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