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Terminations, Reductions in Force & WARN Act

Overview Press Room


Now more than ever, companies around the world are forced to consider workforce change, including job restructurings, reductions in force, furloughs and various other alternatives. With financial, reputational, legal, employee relations and other ramifications, these situations are challenging for employers, requiring careful navigation of numerous laws, often in varying jurisdictions. Our Terminations, Reductions in Force & WARN Act Group excels in partnering with clients to plan for, design and implement changes in employee staffing while minimizing legal risk. We assist clients with the many complex employee selection, severance and other benefit issues that accompany these decisions. And should litigation claims arise from any course of action, our lawyers are well equipped to defend against them.

In every matter we handle, we leverage our decades of experience to offer practical solutions to our clients’ specific and complex human resources needs, simultaneously working to avoid litigation and ensuring a cost-effective outcome while retaining a positive work environment for remaining and future employees.

This practice group spans our international platform, providing seasoned, real-world expertise in the safe planning and execution of reductions in force, job restructuring and other workforce change for clients of all sizes, including small startups to Fortune 500 global companies. We team daily with lawyers in our corporate and restructuring practices to offer counseling and training to strategic corporate planning to due diligence, providing a single destination for employers to best address every angle of workforce management and force reduction.

Areas of Focus

  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and State “Mini-WARN”
  • Federal, State and Local Employment Discrimination Laws, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Reductions in Force Structuring, Implementation and Strategy
  • Job Restructuring Planning
  • Effective Communication
  • Tax Issues

Key Representations

We regularly counsel and train employers in a variety of industries on the full range of workplace change issues. A sampling of the sectors we serve includes:

  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Law Firms
  • Lodging
  • Media
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Publishing
  • Retail
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications