In general, workers know there are laws that safeguard them from some of the actions of their employers. There are federal employment law protections concerning discrimination against protected classes of individuals or unjust firings. At the state level, additional protections exist under the Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
WARN requires that companies notify the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity if they intend to close or to lay off workers. In fact, DCEO keeps a list of companies planning to end the employment of their staffs. Recently, it was reported that the list includes some 14 employers who plan to lay off workers in the coming months.
Sears, Amcor Rigid Plastics LLC and a senior assisted living home that was flooded are all on the list. In each of these circumstances, and in others like them, DCEO must be notified of the coming action. Failure to do so may give rise to legal recourse for affected workers.
Getting laid off is stressful. The good news is that there are employment law protections that can help when the proper procedures are not followed by employers who are changing employment statuses of employees or are closing a business entirely. To find out if they are able to seek financial relief under WARN, or another state or federal law relating to employment issues, employees have every right to seek the help of experienced attorneys who will fight for the rights of those who have lost their jobs or are in danger of that occurring.
Source: Batavia, IL Patch, “Batavia Company Plans To Close, Layoff 110 Employees“, Amie Rowland, Aug. 5, 2017