RIGHT SIZING/LAYOFFS

Competitive Area of the RIF
Before a Reduction In Force (RIF) begins, the federal agency defines the competitive area. The competitive area is the geographical and organizational boundaries within which employees compete...

Competitive Level in Application of RIF
Before a Reduction In Force (RIF) begins the federal agency groups similar positions into competitive levels based on grade, series, qualifications, duties, and working conditions. Positions...

Employee Rights Against A Furlough
An employee against whom a furlough of 30 days or less is proposed is entitled to at least 30 days advance written notice; a reasonable time, but not less than 7 days, to answer orally or in...

Employment Loss under WARN
The term employment loss under WARN means an employment termination other than a discharge for cause, voluntary departure, or retirement; either a layoff exceeding 6 months; or a reduction in...

Exemptions under WARN
Some employers may be exempt under WARN for plant closing. An employer does not need to give notice if a plant closing is the closing of a temporary facility, or if the closing or mass layoff is...

Furlough
Furlough is a non-disciplinary action placing an employee in a temporary nonduty and nonpay status because of lack of work or funds or for other nondisciplinary reasons. A furlough for more than...

Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) created the Workforce Restructuring Office in March 1994, in response to Administration and Congressional downsizing initiatives. The Office...

REDUCTION IN FORCE
One of the most difficult situations in any worker's life is the prospect of being laid off from his or her job. When a productive member of society loses his or her job, the stress of facing...

RIF Alternatives
RIF is the last stop on the road to downsizing. Because it has adverse affect on employees and productivity, it is the last option an agency should pursue when reorganizing or dealing with...

RIF Appeals And Grievances
A federal employee who has been separated, downgraded or furloughed for more than 30 days by RIF, has the right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) if he or she believes the...

RIF Notices
A federal agency must give each employee at least 60 days specific written notice before he or she is reached for Reduction In Force (RIF) action. In a Department of Defense RIF in which 50 or...

Rights To Other Positions ( Bumping)
After federal employees are released from their retention register, they may have rights to other positions by exercising bumping rights. BUMPING means displacing an employee in the...

Rights To Other Positions (Retreating)
After federal employees are released from their retention register, they may have rights to other positions by exercising retreating rights. RETREATING means displacing an employee in the...

Unemployment Insurance
The Insurance Programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. In addition to helping workers and their families, the...

What constitutes Plant Closing
A plant closing occurs when a facility or operating unit is shut down for more than six months, or when 50 or more employees lose their jobs during any 30 day period at a single site of...

When To Use RIF Procedures
A Government agency must use Reduction In Force (RIF) procedures when an employee is faced with separation or downgrading for a reason such as reorganization, lack of work, shortage of...

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) was enacted on August 4, 1988 and became effective on February 4, 1989. WARN offers protection to workers, their families and...

Surviving Layoffs
The practice of re-sizing (re-engineering, re-structuring, right-sizing, and down-sizing) to increase the chances of an organization's survival in a market downturn proved only one...





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