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Maintain ties with laid-off employees

Don’t just throw those fish back in the water, keep them on a line with smart moves. Examples: A financial firm created a tuition fund for laid-off workers, hoping they would …

Design your career ‘disaster plan’ now, before you need it

Issue: You know how to help employees who are fired or laid off. But HR people often forget those principals when facing that
problem themselves.
Benefit: With proper planning …

Ignorance of law is no defense for layoff-notice violation

If your organization is weighing a plant closing or employee layoff, determine early whether you’re required to give employees notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Courts won’t …

Most employers fail to follow layoff-notice rules

Expect federal regulators to look closer for organizations failing to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. The law requires certain employers to give 60 days’ notice of …

When deciding layoffs, rely on several objective factors

When making the tough call about who receives a layoff notice (and defending that decision in court), rely on more than one evaluation tool.
Why? Overly rosy performance evaluations are …

Brush up on WARN Act rules; fed report prompts more scrutiny

Count on hearing more about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act in the coming months. Reason: Employers comply with the law (which requires 60-days’ notice of mass layoffs or …

Scrutinize true reasons for layoff; then banish all inconsistencies

No one likes to choose among employees for company-mandated layoffs. But if you’re given this task, research and recommend choices with defensible reasons that you can back up. Don’t manufacture termination …

You can’t outsource your WARN Act notice obligations

If your company outsources HR tasks, don’t expect the outside provider to share the rap for a Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act violation, the law that requires certain companies …

Promote the value of your benefits plan

Studies show that employees who keep their jobs after a round of layoffs tend to view their benefits package less highly. Nip that attitude in the bud by distributing a personalized …

Give employees advance notice of severance plans, waivers

Don’t spring severance-plan details on employees right before a layoff. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) says you must give employees advance notice …