Last Updated: August 11, 2020

Business Layoffs Due to COVID-19

If you need to conduct layoffs due to COVID-19, then your business may be exempt from the federal and state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) regulations. One of the exemptions is unforeseen business circumstances, and it is highly likely that a pandemic would qualify for this exemption. However, business owners should document the hardship and urgency needed that is preventing you from providing notice. If layoffs are necessary, business owners should provide employees with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Unemployment site https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm.

*The information contained herein is in no way intended to be legal advice.