The WARN Act is a federal law requiring employers of 100 or more full-time workers to give 60-days advance notice of a plant closing or mass layoff. This federal law applies to employers in the State of Rhode Island.

Employers with 100 or more full-time workers are affected if they:

  • Close a facility or discontinue an operating unit with 50 or more workers
  • If they lay off 50-499 workers (and these workers comprise at least 33% of the total workforce at a single site of employment)
  • If they lay off 500 or more workers at a single site of employment

The law requires that this notification be given to the appropriate local chief elected official, the Dislocated Worker Unit of the State Department of Labor, and the collective bargaining representative of affected employees or each employee if the employees do not have such representation.

Notifications

Written notification should be printed on company letterhead, signed by the authorized employer representative and addressed to:

Susan Biagioni
Chief of Labor & Training Operations Business Service Unit
RI Department of Labor & Training
1511 Pontiac Avenue-Bldg. 73-3, Cranston, RI 02920
Telephone: (401)462-8723 | Fax: (401)462-8722
Susan.Biagioni@dlt.ri.gov

This notification should include the:

  • name and address of the work site where the plant closing or mass lay off will occur.
  • date(s) of proposed closing or mass layoff.
  • number of affected workers and address of their collective bargaining representative and chief elected officer if applicable.
  • name, address and telephone number of the employer representative to contact regarding the closing or mass layoff.

Employers should review the Act and seek counsel to discuss its provisions, including penalties, exceptions and enforcement. Contact Sue Biagioni at 401-462-8723 for additional details regarding these requirements.

Resources

The US DOL published WARN Act regulations presented in a step-by-step Q&A format: Title 20 Code of Federal Regulations Part 639

Specific requirements of the WARN Act may be found in the Act itself: Public Law 100-379 29 U.S.C. 2101, et seq

WARN Notices

    * Indicates a WARN related to COVID-19
WARN Date Date Received Company Name Location Of Layoffs Number Affected Effective Date Closing Yes/No Union Yes/No Union Address
10/1/2020 9/30/2020 Santander* Rhode Island 13 9/30/2020 No No
8/21/2020 8/25/2020 Hotel Viking* Newport 40 8/18/2020 No No
8/14/2020 8/17/2020 Providence Mariott* Providence 106 8/14/2020 No No
8/6/2020 8/13/2020 Omni Hotel & Resorts* Providence 272 3/24/2020 No Yes Multiple
8/11/2020 7/28/2020 Twin River - Lincoln* Lincoln 1043 9/30/2020 No Yes Multiple
8/11/2020 7/28/2020 Twin River - Tiverton* Lincoln 296 9/30/2020 No Yes Multiple
8/3/2020 7/30/2020 RHD Rhode Island* Providence 73 9/1/2020 Yes No
7/15/2020 7/10/2020 McLaughlin & Moran, Inc* Cranston 127 8/1/2020 Yes Yes Teamster Local Union 251
121 Brightridge Ave.
East Providence, RI 02914
6/22/2020 6/22/2020 YMCA of Pawtucket * Multiple Locations 71 5/22/2020 No No
6/30/2020 6/30/2020 Upserve * Providence 65 6/30/2020 No No
6/3/2020 6/3/2020 Newport Marriot * Providence 65 3/14/2020 No No
5/29/20 5/29/2020 The Preservation Society of Newport County * RI 231 5/29/2020 No No
Hotel Viking* Newport 72 5/7/2020 No No
4/27/20 Bloomin Brands* RI 136 3/16/2020 No No
4/21/20 Eastern Speciality/Check n GO* RI 5 4/21/2020 No No
4/20/20 4/23/20 CB Chadwick-BaRoss* West Warwick 1 4/20/2020 No No
3/17/20 4/17/20 FGX Int* Smithfield 13 4/17/2020 No No
4/6/20 4/14/20 Massage Envy* Cranston 51 3/16/2020 No No
4/4/20 4/4/20 Moo* Lincoln 110 4/6/2020 No No
3/26/20 3/27/20 The Vanderbuilt* Newport 37 3/26/2020 No No
3/26/20 3/23/20 Highgate* Providence 146 3/8/2020 No Yes Local 26 1010 Station Landing, 4th fl Medford Ma, 02155
3/20/20 3/20/20 Greystone* Lincoln 87 3/20/2020 No No
3/19/20 3/23/20 HM Host* Warwick 110 3/16/2020 No No
2/13/2019 2/14/2019 Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Portsmouth 1 April 12, 2019 Yes No  
1/21/2019 1/21/2019 Tuition Management Systems Warwick 59 April 1,2109
August 30, 2019
Yes No  
1/14/2019 1/14/2019 Agoda Travel Operations USA, Inc. Providence 62 3/18/2019 Yes No  
11/1/2018 11/9/18 DAL Global Services, LLC (DGS) Warwick 51 1/31/2018 No No  
11/1/2108 11/1/2018 Hooper Holmes, Inc. dba
Provant Health
Warwick 92 12/31/2018 Yes No  
10/23/2108 11/1/2018 Nordstrom Providence Place Providence 181 1/04/2019 Yes No  
10/9/2018 10/9/2018 Matlet/Group Pawtucket 180 10/9/2018 Yes No  
9/19/2018 9/20/2018 United Builders Supply Co., Inc. Westerly 83 11/30/2018 Yes No  
6/22/2018 06/25/2018 Chase Corp
dba Neptco
Pawtucket 64 08/27/2018 Yes Yes IBEW Local 1499
6/01/2018 06/01/2018 Pinnacle Logistics North Kingstown 149 07/31/2018 Yes No  
11/3/2017 11/3/2017 Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Pawtucket 477 1/12/2018 Yes Yes United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5082
9/8/2017 9/12/2017 Benny's Smithfield 171 11/30/2017
12/10/2017 and
12/31/2017
Yes No  
05/05/16 05/06/16 Homemade Real Foods Cumberland 187 05/02/16 Yes No  
05/04/16 05/05/16 First Student North Scituate 20 06/30/16 Yes Yes SEIU Local 1199
04/08/16 04/08/16 Aramark Smithfield 154 06/7/16 No No  
02/01/16 02/01/16

Optum

Providence

60

4/01/16
and
4/07/16

Yes No
01/15/16 01/15/16

Sam's Club

Warwick

131

2/05/16

Yes No
11/18/15 11/18/15

Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI

Providence

241

1/04/16 through 8/2017

No No
11/10/15 11/12/15

Fresenius Management Services, Inc.

East Providence

---

1/11/16 through 3/31/16

Yes No
6/23/15 6/25/15

Teespring, Inc.

Providence

70

8/24/2015

No No
3/06/15 3/11/15

United Airlines, Inc.'s Airport Operations Division 

Warwick

54 Union

3 Non Union

5/17/2015

Yes Yes International Assoc. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,
1771 Commerce Drive, Suite 103
Elkgrove Village, IL 60007
2/27/15 3/2/15

Honeywell 

Cranston 190 company with an additional 100 contracted

6/2015 through 6/2016

5/2015 for contracted employees

No No
7/30/14 7/30/14

IntegraMed Inc.  

Providence and Middletown 5 9/30/14 No No
6/30/14 7/1/14

Cox Communications

West Warwick 142 8/31/14 No No
3/26/14 3/31/14

Sodexo

Smithfield 115 5/15/14 Yes Yes USAWR
90 Printery St. Providence
11/15/13 11/18/13

Money Management International

Lincoln 49 1/15/14 Yes No
9/30/13 9/30/13

Dessert Services Inc.

Warwick 1 11/30/13 Yes No
8/9/13 8/16/13

Landauef Metropolitan, Inc.

Warwick 66 10/8/13 No No
5/31/13 6/13/13

Essential Salon Products Inc.

Cranston 3 5/31/13 Yes No
5/22/13 5/23/13

Sodexho Inc 

Warwick 62 7/30/13 Yes Yes
1/11/13 1/11/13

American Suzuki Motor Corporation

Washington County --- 3/14/13 Yes No
6/27/12 6/27/12

Portola Tech International Inc.

Cumberland 51 8/27/12 Yes No
4/12/12 4/12/12

Pawtuxet Village Care & Rehabilitation Center

Cranston 150 6/11/12 Yes Yes North America AFL-CIO 410 South Main Street, Providence RI
1/30/12 1/31/12

John Crane, Inc.

Cranston 70 4/1/12 Yes Yes Sealol Shop Union, 15 Pioneer Ave., Warwick RI 02888
10/17/11 10/17/11

Lowe’s Home Center

North Kingstown 110 10/17/11 Yes No ---
8/30/11 9/2/11

WSI

Newport 16 10/30/11 Yes No ---
7/28/11 8/3/11

Lockheed Martin Corp - Global Training & Logistics

Newport 9 9/30/11 Yes No ---
7/29/11 8/1/11

BNY Mellon

Pawtucket 98 October 28, 2011 and November 10, 2011 Yes No ---
5/25/11 5/27/11

Flextronics Americas LLC

North Kingstown, Providence, Smithfield and Warwick 21 Staggered Yes No ---
4/1/11 4/1/11

Bank of New York Mellon
(BNY Mellon)

Pawtucket 98 6/6/11-10/30/11 Yes No ---
2/15/11 2/15/11

Stanley Black & Decker

East Greenwich 5 4/11/2011 No No ---
1/22/11 1/25/11

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. /Sam’s Club

Warwick 122 2/18/2011 No No ---
8/20/10 8/23/10

Bank of America

Lincoln 89 10/1/10 No No ---
8/2/10 2/8/10

Stanley Works
Nail Dept.

East Greenwich 26 10/1/2010-10/15/2010, 10/29/2010-11/12/2010, 12/3/2010-12/17/2010 No No ---
2/5/10 2/8/10

Stanley Works
Nail Dept.

East Greenwich 165 2/8/10 No No ---
12/31/09 1/4/10 The Ski Market Warwick 8 2/1/10 Yes No ---
11/20/09 11/24/09 Leviton Mfg Warwick 66 1/20/10
2/19/10
Yes No ---
11/20/09 11/24/09 Liz Clayborne Lincoln 103 4/19/10
4/30/10
Yes Yes NE Joint Board, Local 324, UNITE HERE
10/8/09 10/8/09 Aramark Providence 60-80 11/30/09 No No
10/5/09 10/5/09 A.T. Cross Lincoln 63 12/1/09 No No  
8/21/09 8/25/09 A.T. Cross Lincoln additional 16 3/23/09 No No  
7/13/09 7/14/09 Portola Woonsocket 130 3/23/09 Yes No  
7/13/09 7/14/09 Victoria & Company East Providence 26 7/7/09 Yes No  
7/1/09 3/23/09 A.T. Cross Lincoln 14 3/23/09 No No  
6/16/09 7/2/09 HGA Quest Nationwide - RI 10 8/16/09 No No  
4/28/09 4/29/09 Providence Public Library Providence 171 6/30/09 No Yes United Service & Allied Workers of RI 90 Printery St. Providence, RI 02904
4/15/09 4/15/09 First Student Burrillville 55 6/30/09 Yes No  
3/11/09 3/10/09 Honeywell Pawtucket 29 5/10/09 Yes No  
3/9/09 3/9/09 Victoria & Company East Providence 71 5/8/09 No No  
3/4/09 3/6/09 APC by Schneider Electric West Warwick 54 5/2/09 Yes No  
3/5/09 3/5/09 Leviton Mfg Warwick 119 5/10/09 Yes No  
2/19/09 2/20/09 Colibri Group, Inc. East Providence and Providence 270 1/15/09 Yes No  
1/19/09 1/12/09 Bank of America Lincoln 121 1/8/09 No No