I work for a large company that has formally announced layoffs coming in the next couple months. The layoff is expected to be pretty substantial, a few thousand employees. My business unit is one of the few that is currently doing well so I do not expect to lose my job. In fact my team has recently had a lot of attrition which has left us very short staffed, and we are trying to hire replacements so we can keep up our current workload. I was talking with my manager and he mentioned that we'd have trouble hiring after the company-wide layoffs go through. Some kind of federal/state provision that restricts the company from hiring externally for a duration of time after a layoff. This policy does make sense, but I can't find any info about how long that time frame would be. I thought my manager had said it fell under the terms of the WARN act but I searched and didn't find any part of the act that said "you cannot hire externally for X number of days after a mass layoff". Anyone know how this works? The company is based out of California - you can probably guess which one - so I think we'd be subject to California law, as well as federal.