Lynch to sign plant closings bill

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New Hampshire Governor John Lynch plans to sign a bill Monday requiring larger companies to give 60 days notice to their workers and to New Hampshire of mass layoffs or plant closings.

The New Hampshire Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act – or WARN Act – is partly in response to large companies that closed abruptly, leaving workers without pay and benefits due them. The workers had trouble getting help under the federal WARN Act – help lawmakers hope the new state law will provide.

The measure applies to any entity that directly or indirectly operates a business in New Hampshire with 75 or more employees, not counting part-time workers. It will take effect Jan. 1.

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