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Posted on March 18, 2008

Layoff Question?
Many employees will have questions about their individual situations in the event they receive layoff notices. At this stage, Fermilab's Human Resources staff lacks the resources to deal with hypothetical individual cases. (Employees who do receive layoff notices will have individual meetings with human resources and benefits specialists to discuss their specific situations.)
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Q. If I'm laid off and I haven't taken my furlough for the April-May period yet will that furlough time still be taken from me?

A. Once a person is notified that he/she is being laid off, that person will not have to take furlough as part of the two weeks notice.

Q. My years here and my age give me the ability to retire if I am laid off.  I will still be eligible for severance pay, but will I be able to collect unemployment for the six months that are available to me?

A. The laboratory does not make decisions about who collects unemployment. That decision is made by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. A representative from IDES will be on site March 21 and 28 (sessions start at 11 and noon) in the One West conference room in Wilson Hall. Please feel free to stop by and ask your question.

Q. Can a laid off employee return as an on-call?

A. It is possible for a laid off employee to return as an on-call, but with the following restrictions:

  • A former employee cannot be hired as an on-call if that person has already worked 1000 hours in the year. So it is possible that even if there was an opening for an on-call position, that a laid off employee would not be eligible in the first year. 
  • If a laid off employee is hired back in any capacity before his/her severance period expires, that person must pay back a prorated portion of the severance. 

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