|Posted:||January 26, 2021 01:41 PM|
|From:||Representative Mike Zabel|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Protecting Workers and Local Economies with a State WARN Act|
|Business closings can be unpredictable, even when the economy is strong. A business closing during uncertain and struggling economic times, such as we are seeing now, can happen quickly. Currently, federal law requires businesses with at least 100 employees to provide a 60-day notice when a mass layoff is going to occur. Unfortunately, we have seen that is just not good enough.
Therefore, I plan on introducing legislation to help protect Pennsylvania workers and our local economies. My legislation would extend the notice of a closing or a layoff to 180 days for a plant closing with 50 or more employees or a mass layoff of over 500 workers. With our unemployment numbers already at high rates, we need to allow these workers time to find new employment and communities to prepare for the revenue losses caused by these actions.
We need to stand with these workers, their families, and their communities while they experience the insecurity and anxiety that is caused by a plant closing or layoff. Please join me in sponsoring this legislation and protect our workers in Pennsylvania by providing them more time to prepare for a stressful, life-changing event.
Introduced as HB1034