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CCH Issues New White Paper on WARN Act Obligations

(RIVERWOODS , ILL. , April 24, 2009) – CCH, part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, has published a White Paper, Meeting WARN Act Obligations Amid Mass Layoffs and Closures, by CCH Employment Law Analyst Pamela Wolf, JD. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research information and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal, business compliance and human resources professionals (

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the total number of extended mass layoff events and associated worker separations has reached their highest levels since 2001,” said Wolf. “In these tough economic times, employers facing the possibility of downsizing or closing operations need to reduce liability and ensure they comply with the WARN Act.”

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act places notice requirements on certain employers prior to implementing a plant closing or mass layoff. It prohibits a covered employer from ordering a plant closing or mass layoff before the end of a 60-day period beginning when written notice is provided to employees of the plant closing or layoff. Several provisions of the WARN Act limit its coverage, arising in the form of exemptions, exclusions, reductions and in the definitions used in the Act.

This informative White Paper explores the details of the WARN Act, outlining employer obligations, exceptions to notice requirements and the consequences of noncompliance. It also examines what factors employers should consider in planning a mass layoff or closure.

To access the White Paper, go to

About the Author

Pamela Wolf is an attorney and employment law analyst who tracks and analyzes employment law issues, court decisions and trends. She is the editor of Insight, a component of CCH’s Labor Relations service that provides analysis and comment on labor relations and employment law developments. Wolf is also the editor of CCH’s EEOC Compliance Manual, publishing the full text of the agency’s Manual of current guidelines and directives for bringing and settling job discrimination lawsuits, and its companion newsletter on new developments related to the EEOC and its enforcement of federal antidiscrimination laws. In addition, Wolf is a contributing editor to CCH’s Employment Practices Guide, which covers federal and state laws, regulations and decisions on workplace discrimination, and Accommodating Disabilities Decisions, covering federal and state decisions related to discrimination against individuals with disabilities. As a practicing attorney for 12 years, Wolf’s experience included employment and civil rights matters.

About Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students. Its major product lines include Aspen Publishers, CCH, Kluwer Law International and Loislaw. Its markets include law firms, law schools, corporate counsel and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill.

Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal, and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer had 2008 annual revenues of €3.4 billion, employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 35 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Visit for information about our market positions, customers, brands, and organization.

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EDITORS’ NOTE: Members of the press interested in speaking with Pamela Wolf should contact Neil Allen at 847-267-2179,; or Brenda Au at 847-267-2046,



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