In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, major retail chains, manufacturers, hospitality providers and other employers have been reducing hours/pay or closing employment sites. For many employers, these layoffs are expected to be temporary while the virus runs its course, but economic challenges could turn short-term layoffs into events that trigger notice obligations under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act or state “mini-WARN” Acts. This article answers employers’ common wage and hour and WARN Act questions caused by the coronavirus.
As employers respond to the daily influx of information about coronavirus/COVID-19, Faegre Drinker continues to update its Employer’s Action Guide and monitor dynamic federal and state developments. Some governmental agencies have provided guidance or adopted rules to assist employees and employers through these uncertain times. This information will help you stay current and compliant. We will continue to monitor developments.