Reduction in Force
From HR Hero
Whatever you want to call them – layoffs, downsizing, rightsizing, reductions in force – the global economic situation has resulted in more job losses and unemployment than the United States has seen in generations. Since late summer of 2008, more than 5 million U.S. jobs were lost.
While employers lay off workers because there isn’t enough work or as a cost-cutting measure, layoffs create potential significant legal costs if they aren’t done well and morale, productivity, and loyalty in the workplace may suffer among the employees who are left. Adequate planning and preparation are crucial to minimize a businesses’ legal risks in a layoff. Perhaps the best way to minimize legal exposure when implementing a reduction in force is to create a record of decision making and implementation processes. Doing that will help an employer withstand later legal challenges, such as discrimination. … Continue Reading