Layoff/Involuntary Reduction in Time: Policy-Covered Employees

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An indefinite layoff is a permanent involuntary separation of a career, non-probationary employee from employment or a permanent reduction in the appointment percentage due to a lack of funds, lack of work or reorganization. Layoffs are administered by defined layoff units, job classifications and salary grades. Criteria for consideration when determining order of layoff must include relevant skills, knowledge and abilities, documented performance and length of service. The terms, conditions and employee rights during and after layoff are governed by applicable University policy.

To minimize the effects of indefinite layoff and indefinite reductions in time, career, non-probationary employees will be given opportunities for reassignment or transfer prior to indefinite layoff or indefinite reduction in time when reassignment or transfer opportunities arise and are operationally feasible.

Only career, non-probationary employees are subject to layoff and the rights associated with layoffs that are provided by University policy. In the event a probationary, limited or per-diem employee is identified for layoff, the employee may be released from his/her appointment.

Managers and Senior Professional (MSP) employees holding career appointments are not subject to the layoff policy and may be terminated when in management’s judgment, the needs or resources of a department or the performance or conduct of an employee do not justify the continuation of an employee’s appointment. Reference PPSM 65 Termination of Career Employees—Managers and Senior Professionals, Salary Grades I through VII or PPSM 67-Termination of Career Employees MSP Grades VIII- IX. For further information and seek consultation with Employee and Labor Relations.

Revised October 2012