Rapid Response Services

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are in addition to those listed in the Worker's Guide and the Employer's Guide.

Employer Coverage

  • Does the WARN Act apply to Puerto Rico and other territories of the United States, such as Guam?
    Yes. Territories of the United States are subject to U.S. laws.
  • Are universities covered under the WARN Act?
    Yes. Universities are employers. In some states, school boards are separate quasi-governmental entities with certain governmental powers, such as the ability to raise revenue. Private universities are not government entities, so they are covered.
  • Are hospitals covered under the WARN Act?
    Unless it is a municipal hospital run as a government agency, hospitals are covered.

Exceptions to Giving Notice

  • Is an economic crisis considered to be an unforeseen business circumstance?
    If an employer believes their situation is the result an economic crisis, it may apply the unforeseen business circumstance exception; however, there could be a burden on the employer to prove why it could not plan 90 days in advance.

Paid Time Off to Seek Employment

  • Does the WARN Act allow employees time off with pay to look for another job during the notice period?
    WARN allows workers time to make appropriate arrangements for a new job or retraining. It is within the discretion of the employer to give the worker paid time off to look for another job.