Under state law employers must notify the state when they plan on laying off workers.  That law is known as the WARN Act.  This section gives detail on the law and how to comply with it.

Notice Must Be Provided To Illinois’ Dislocated Worker Division:
Becky Harmon, Assistant Deputy Director
Office of Employment and Training
Attention:  John Ray
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
500 East Monroe Street, 9th Floor
Springfield, IL   62701-1643

What the Notice must contain:
  • The name and address of the employment site(s) where the plant closing or mass layoff will occur;
  • Whether the planned action is expected to be permanent or temporary and if the entire plant is to be closed—a statement to that effect;
  • The expected date of the first separation, and the anticipated schedule for making separations;
  • The job titles of positions to be affected, and the number of affected employees in each job classification (for multiple sites, provide a list per site);
  • A statement as to the existence of any applicable bumping rights;
  • The name of each union representing affected employees, and the name and address of the chief elected officer of each union—if none exist, so state; and
  • The name and telephone number of a company official to contact for further information.
Please include the employer’s Federal Identification Number, or FEIN, for the dislocating company on all WARN correspondence.

Illinois WARN Complaints
To file a complaint regarding the Illinois WARN Act, please contact:
Jeff Naville, Division Manager
Conciliation and Mediation
Illinois Department of Labor
(217) 785-4420