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Iowa Layoff Notification Law -
Iowa Worker Downsizing and Employer Responsibilities

The decision to reduce of eliminate a portion of a company’s workforce is difficult for all parties involved in the process. Iowa Workforce Development provides a number of services for dislocated workers through our IowaWORKS centers, such as Rapid Response and Trade Act Benefits. These services are provided free of charge, completed in concert with the employer and activated when an employer completes their responsibilities under the Iowa Layoff Notification Law or the Federal WARN Act.

Differences Of Iowa's Layoff Notification Law and Federal WARN Act

  Iowa Layoff Notification Law Federal WARN Act
Applies to: Companies with 25 or more employees. Companies with 100 or more employees.
Goes into effect when: A permanent or temporary shutdown or mass layoff of 25 or more employees for a period exceeding 6 months. Closing: when 50 or more employees will be affected during a 30-day period.

Mass Layoff: when 500 or more employees or 33% of the workforce will permanently lose their job during a 30-day period.

Length of notice required: 30-days 60-days
Information required in the notice: Company Name, Address, Business Contact Information, Date of Event, Names and Addresses of Affected Employees Company Name, Address, Business Contact Information, Date of Event, Names and Addresses of Affected Employees
Enforcement through: Iowa Workforce Development US Department of Labor & United States District Courts
Penalties: Penalty not to exceed $100 per day for period of violation. Penalty not to exceed $500 dollars per day of violation.
Contact information: Ted Harms
Program Coordinator, State Dislocated Worker Unit
Iowa Workforce Development
3420 University Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701
Telephone: (515) 669-0359
ted.harms@iwd.iowa.gov
U.S. Department of Labor
Employment & Training Administration
Office of Work-Based Learning
Room N-5426
200 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20210
Telephone: (202) 219-5577

For questions and issuances of Iowa Layoff Notification Law notifications, contact:

Ted A. Harms, State Rapid Response Coordinator
Iowa Workforce Development
3420 University Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa 50701
(515) 669-0359 office
(319) 235-1068 fax
Ted.Harms@iwd.iowa.gov

 

 

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