Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Employer Services

Layoffs/Business Closures

Companies and businesses face great challenges to their stability as they attempt to remain competitive in today's increasingly globalized and highly competitive economy. Sometimes they have to resort to a layoff of workers, or even business closure.

How the Department of Labor and Regulation can help

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation offers many resources to both businesses and individuals in the event of a downsizing, laying-off of workers, or closure of a facility. If layoffs do become necessary, the statewide network of local South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation offices can help employees.

How local South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation offices can help

  • By better managing Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation and human resource needs.
  • By assisting affected employees to return to suitable employment.
  • By demonstrating good corporate citizenship in your community.

Another helpful resource is an Unemployment Insurance Benefits & Eligibility fact sheet designed especially for individuals affected by a layoff or business closure. (Adobe .pdf format*)

Legal issues of business closure and layoffs

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, requires certain employers to provide written advance notice to workers in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs. South Dakota does not have any additional requirements beyond what the U.S. Department of Labor requires for a WARN to be issued. For more information on WARN from the U.S. Department of Labor, including an employer's guide, click here.

See a listing of WARN Notices received by the state of South Dakota.

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184