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Layoffs

When & how you must notify employees of layoffs

10/20/2020

There are indications layoffs will rise again in the fourth quarter of 2020 as covid-19 cases edge upward again. And as layoffs increase, the threat of WARN Act lawsuits grows more acute for employers that do not follow the layoff notification rules.

5 million older workers lost their jobs as virus surged

10/06/2020
Racial and gender discrimination are rightfully under examination at many workplaces, as employers strive for diversity in hiring. However, another bias is impacting companies as well: ageism.

Document performance problems to justify RIF list

09/24/2020
Use objective criteria when deciding who will keep or lose their job during a reduction in force. Then be sure to document your specific, business-related reasons for handing out pink slips. That will help you prevail in court if an employee sues, alleging a RIF was based on discrimination.

Plan layoff meeting carefully

09/23/2020
Laying off an employee is never easy, but not thinking about it won’t help. It’s better to plan your meeting with the employee in detail, including the steps you should take before the meeting. These tips should help.

Coming to a court near you: covid-19 lawsuits

05/27/2020
In just a few weeks, dozens of federal lawsuits have been filed alleging some workplace wrong related to the coronavirus or covid-19.

How to protect your company’s data when letting go of a remote employee

05/21/2020
An astounding 87% of employees take company data with them on their way out the door. How can businesses protect their data when laying off employees who are currently working from home? Your checklist should include the following steps after an employee gives notice.

Some WARN Act notification rules still apply

05/07/2020
Usually, the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employers to provide 60 days’ advance notice before closing down a workplace. However, a clause in the WARN Act provides for exceptions.

As economic road turns rough, dodge these 4 RIF potholes

04/07/2020
With the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the economy, layoffs are in the news—and on the agendas of leaders and HR pros at employers big and small. Here are four critical and often overlooked reduction-in-force potholes that can make the route more treacherous than it needs to be.

Say goodbye on good terms when forced to downsize

03/24/2020
If you’re contemplating a layoff, you’ve no doubt given some thought to which employees you want to let go—and which ones you absolutely must retain. But know this: Every time an organization lays off even a few employees, voluntary turnover jumps in response—and the ones who choose to leave are most likely employees you intended to keep.

3 lawsuit-proof alternatives to layoffs

03/19/2020
With business slowing nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, many employers have already laid off staff, and many more fear they will have to do so soon. Before you commit to wholesale reductions-in-force, there are three alternatives worth considering.