I need some clarification about temporary layoffs, notification requirements, bringing back laid off employees and reporting requirements.

The WARN acts (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Acts) apply to both permanent and short term layoffs when a facility will be closed. If you are laying off 100 or more workers you must give 60 days notice to the employees, any unions affected, local government and state government. If you have more than 100 total employees across all locations, the same 60-day notice is required. The laid-off employees will qualify for unemployment benefits.

If you intend to work some of these laid-off employees for a couple days a week during the layoff, you can leave them on the payroll and simply give them zero or more hours. They will still qualify for unemployment benefits that exceed the pay they earn for the few hours worked.

Hope that helps you out. =)

A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
The questions and answers presented here are based on research and data from internet sources and should not be considered the final word.

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