State Strengthens Law on Layoff Notices

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ALBANY — New York’s labor commissioner, M. Patricia Smith, said many workers around the state will be guaranteed at least three months notice before mass layoffs.

The State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires private employers with 50 or more workers to notify employees and the labor department at least 90 days before a plant closing or layoff.

Businesses that don’t will be subject to penalties up to $500 daily for each violation. Ms. Smith says the law also gives her authority to order back wages and unpaid medical benefits for affected employees.

The state law is more strict than the federal version, which only requires 60 days notice at companies with 100 or more employees. Ms. Smith said the federal law also lacks an enforcement system.

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