ERIC Number: ED374317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-23
Reference Count: N/A
Dislocated Workers. Implementation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). Testimony before the Subcommittee on Labor, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
Morra, Linda G.
In February 1993, a General Accounting Office (GAO) representative testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee regarding implementation of the Worker Readjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), which requires that certain employers give their workers and state/local governments 60 days' notice of impending plant closures or layoffs. The testimony indicated that, according to an 11-state GAO analysis, more than half of employers employing more than 100 persons and planning layoffs of 50 individuals or more were not even required by WARN to provide advance notices. Even when closures/layoffs did appear to meet WARN requirements, fewer than half of the employers provided advance notice, and only 29% of employers providing notification gave the required 60 days' notice. Of those employers who did give advance notification of closures/layoffs, about 47% believed that advance notice helped their workers find new jobs sooner, 61% reported that advance notification cost less than $500, and 29% reported productivity declines after issuing advance notification. Lawsuits are the only enforcement tool presently available to workers/local communities under WARN, and few have been filed. It was therefore recommended that Congress consider granting the Department of Labor responsibility and authority to enforce WARN. (A WARN decision matrix is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Dislocated Workers, Employment Practices, Federal Legislation, Job Layoff, Labor Legislation, Public Policy, Retraining, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 2084-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.