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Woman shares tip on how to potentially predict and prepare for layoffs

A woman on TikTok has gone viral after sharing a way to predict if your company is about to go through layoffs.

Vivian (@yourrichbff) is a creator who gives financial advice on social media. In one of her recent videos, she explained how the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988 requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide at least a 60-day notice when closings and mass layoffs are coming.

“All you gotta do is Google WARN Act plus your state, and you’ll find a .gov website that will show you a full list of places laying off employees,” she said in her video.

There were some people who took her advice and decided to do the research on their own, posting the evidence on TikTok.

Several people in the comments on Vivian’s post said they couldn’t find their company despite experiencing layoffs.

“My company did lay offs today nothing on the warm site,” said @jesseb1181.

“My job does mass layoffs yearly we’ve never been on the warn list,” said @ziuzpan.

In the WARN Act, a mass layoff is defined as one in which at least 33% of the workers at a single job site are laid off. One human resources professional believes the distinction of a single job site is a loophole for some companies that use remote workers not to report incoming layoffs.

“My first guess is that it doesn’t apply to a dispersed workforce,” @hr_molly said. “So while we all think working from home is the best thing on the planet, the WARN Act doesn’t apply to a workforce that spread out.”

While she clarified that she doesn’t work at those companies and isn’t 100% sure, people in the comments shared how their employers were able to skip over the WARN Act.

Although a myriad of people expressed their negative experiences with the WARN Act, some have seen it work in real time.

“I’m in the IT dept and I see all the terms coming ahead of time,” said @frank_of_legion.

Overall, this was a tip that many people in the comments didn’t know about. Even with some companies not reporting, there is a chance Vivian’s video could be helpful down the road.

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