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Need advice from labor lawyer, Can you get notice of 2 months as per WARN Act when you are on FMLA leave?

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I work for a multinational Security Company employs more than 20,000 FTEs. I'm on FMLA leave until July 2014. There was a layoff across organization recently and I was told by my HR that i'm getting laid off and my last day of employment is the day I return from my FMLA leave. Mountain View companies needs to provide 2 months notice as per WARN Act. Can this notice period as per WARN act be provided to me when I'm on FMLA leave or WARN notice period should start after my FMLA leave period is over? please clarify.

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You are being notified more than 60 days in advance of your layoff. Therefore, your employer is in compliance with WARN. Your FMLA leave has nothing to do with this calculation. I hope this clarifies things for you, and I wish you the very best in your search for new employment.

This answer is a general interpretation of the law and is not fact specific to your case. Likewise it does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for a review of your specific facts and documents.

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Thanks Patrick for clarification.

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The WARN Act only requires 60 days notice to you. FMLA protects your job while you're on leave. It does not protect your job when you return.

In short, then, the answer to your question is: Yes, the WARN notice can be provided while you're on FMLA leave.

I'm sorry this happened to you, and I wish you luck.

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Thanks Sean for clarification

Sean James Gavin

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You're welcome. Good luck.

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Your WARN notice period is not extended by your FMLA leave.

My answers to questions posted on AVVO are intended to provide general information only, and are not intended to be legal advice. Employment law issues typically require a careful case-by-case analysis. Consequently, if you feel that you need legal advice, I would encourage you to consult in person with an employment attorney in your area.

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Yes, it is not against the law to lay off an employee while he/she is out on FMLA leave UNLESS the reason is BECAUSE of the leave. If you would have been laid off regardless of your leave or the reason for the leave, you can be laid off while out on FMLA leave.

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