Does My Employer Have To Give Me Notice Before I Can Be Fired Or Laid Off?

By: LawInfo
It depends.  If you are considered an “at-will” employee, your employer can terminate your employment without notice.  However, if you have an employment contract, or if you are a union member covered by a collective bargaining agreement, you may be entitled to certain notice prior to termination of employment under the contract or bargaining agreement.  Also, in some situations, the WARN Act provides for notice to workers prior to certain plant closings and mass lay-offs. Finally, in addition to federal laws, there may be certain state laws requiring notice to employees prior to termination or lay-off.   

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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