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Illinois Businesses Plan On Almost 500 Layoffs This Month

Six major employers in Illinois told the state in April that they planned on laying off 474 employees this month for various reasons, including relocations and lost contracts. The layoffs are expected to last through July, with most of the cuts occurring in Elk Grove Village and Rolling Meadows.

According to Chicago Breaking News, Elk Grove Village will have a total of 183 jobs lost. Seventy-six Durham School Services workers face unemployment because of a lost transportation contract that has led the company to shut down, while an RR Donnelly printing facility closing will result in a loss of 107 jobs.

The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity reported a lost contract with a Belvidere school district has also forced an Aramark food-service operation to let go of 78 employees after it closes down.

In Rolling Meadows, a Bank of America facility will lay off 110 staff members, while 53 Dish Network Services LLC employees may be losing a job as a result of the company's decision to move its operations elsewhere. Coach USA, a transportation enterprise in Chicago, will also be shutting down its operations, leaving 50 individuals unemployed.

When it comes to layoffs, employers are required to inform their employees ahead of time about any mass layoffs or plant closures under the Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. This measure applies to:

  • Businesses with at least 75 full-time employees; or
  • Actions resulting in an employment loss during a 30-day period for at least one third of workers or 250 employees.

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