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25 Laid Off Questions And Answers

1⟩ Give examples of layoff actions due to lack in work?

Examples of layoff actions due to lack of work may include, but are not limited to:

☛ Termination of a project or special employment.

☛ Availability of fewer positions than there are employees entitled to such positions.

☛ Employee's ineligibility to continue in a position following its reallocation to a class with a higher salary range maximum.

☛ Employee's ineligibility to continue or choice not to continue, in a position following its reallocation to a class with a lower salary range maximum.


2⟩ What is laid off?

Laid off is the temporary suspension or permanent termination of employment of an employee or a group of employees for business reasons, such as when certain positions are no longer necessary or when a business slow-down occurs.

Laid off workers or displaced workers refers to workers who have lost or left their jobs because their employer has closed or moved, there was insufficient work for them to do or their position or shift was abolished.


3⟩ What are the types of layoff list?

There are two types of layoff lists.

☛ The internal layoff lists

☛ Statewide layoff lists

The internal and statewide layoff lists are both maintained by class. Both lists are composed of laid off employees.


4⟩ Do you know what is layoff option?

When the employer identifies your layoff option, consideration is given first to classes at the salary range from which you are being laid off in which you have been permanent.

If no option is found, the employer then looks for an option to a class at a lower salary range in which you have held permanent status or an option to lower class in a class series/occupational category in which you have held permanent status. The employer must always consider the classes in descending salary order.


6⟩ What will you to notify in the layoff notice?

You must be notified in writing of the following:

☛ The reason or basis of the layoff.

☛ Any layoff options your employer identified for you.

☛ Whether a transition review period is required.

☛ The date by when you must select any layoff options.

☛ The layoff lists for which you are eligible to apply.

☛ Your right to appeal the layoff.


7⟩ What are the alternates if there is no layoff option found?

If there is no layoff option found then the employer must determine if there is an available position in lieu of separation that meets the following:

☛ The position is at the same or lower salary range maximum as the position the employee is being laid off from.

☛ The position is vacant and less than comparable or held by a probationary employee or an employee in a temporary appointment.

☛ The position is one for which the employee meets the competencies and other position requirements.


9⟩ What are the impacts that result layoff?

These are the impacts that result:

☛ Separation from service with your employer.

☛ Employment in a class with a lower salary range maximum.

☛ Reduction in your work year.

☛ Reduction in the number of hours you work.


10⟩ What should you do if you get a call for an interview while you are laid off?

When you are called for an interview, you may ask the employer to send you the position description and any information about their organization so you can review it before your interview.

As with any interview, be prepared to detail your skills and to discuss what makes you a good fit for the employer and for the position. The employer is under no obligation to hire you so be prepared to sell your skills. It is a good idea to take your updated resume with you.


11⟩ Would you be eligible for layoff registers?

Individual employers may define in their layoff procedures what they consider a reasonable commute. If an employer offers and you accept a position that is beyond what the employer's layoff procedure has defined as reasonable, you may be eligible to be placed on the layoff list for the job class in which you have accepted the layoff option.


12⟩ What is an internal layoff list?

The internal layoff list is for use by the employer that laid you off. Each higher education institution and some government employers maintain their own internal layoff lists. Your layoff letter should advise you if your employer maintains this list.


13⟩ When do you get your name on layoff list?

You can get your name on layoff lists as soon as you receive written notice of the layoff, including the effective date. You may be eligible to have your name on more than one layoff list.


15⟩ How would you be considered for rehire from a layoff list?

Hiring processes differ for employees based on whether the vacancy being filled is represented by a labor union or not. For non-represented positions, consideration for rehire will be in accordance with rules and the employer's layoff procedure. For represented positions, hiring is done in accordance with the agreement. The information presented here applies to non-represented positions.


16⟩ How will you prepare your explanation for your layoff before you are asked about it?

Rather than squirm in your seat while you figure out how to discuss your involuntary separation, think through your answer in advance so you can provide the right response for the situation.

Follow these simple rules when you answer:

☛ Keep your answer brief.

☛ Keep your answer positive.

☛ Share something you learned through the process.


17⟩ What happens to your salary if you are rehired from a laid off list?

An employee's salary is retained if it is within the new range. If it is not in the new range, the employing official may set the salary at the maximum of the range or retain the employee's previous base salary depending on their salary determination policy. These options apply to:

☛ Employees appointed to a lower level position as a layoff options.

☛ Employees that accept a voluntary demotion in lieu of layoff.


18⟩ How will you explain if you were laid off from your last job?

The key is your attitude to the layoff rather than the layoff itself. Your attitude will be evident in how you communicate it to the interviewer. Prepare a statement that explains it in a concise and factual way that you feel comfortable with.

Give the reason such as downsizing, restructuring, a merger. Ensure that you highlight what you managed to accomplish during your time at the company.


19⟩ Do you have to serve probation period, if you are rehired from a layoff list?

Employers may require that employees serve a transition review period (except when an employee is being appointed to a comparable position performing the same job duties as the position held prior to layoff). During this time both the employer and employee should take time to see if the position is a good fit to the competencies, skills and abilities of the person who fills it.


20⟩ What other things can you do to look for another job after you are laid off?

☛ Keep your eye on new job announcements for the state and other employers, and apply through the usual process.

☛ Get on as many eligible lists and higher education statewide layoff lists as you can.

☛ Contact as many employers as you can for whom you think you might like to work. Try to find out if they would be interested in you should a position come open with duties that your skills and abilities might match.

☛ Update your resume.

☛ Watch for new job announcements so you can apply for them.