California Gov issues Executive Order, Clarifies CAL-WARN Layoff Notice Requirements

March 23, 2020

In response to the widespread economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order regarding employer closures and mass layoffs resulting from the coronavirus.

Executive Order N-31-20 suspends some of the employer requirements and liabilities outlined in the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.  While California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) will provide specific guidance here, we want to share key takeaways for our clients facing difficult decisions about closures, layoffs, and terminations.

Excerpt from the most recent letter from Jerry White, PEOPLEASE President and CEO, regarding Governor Newsom’s Executive Order: