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Posted on April 15, 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: Can laid-off employees maintain their Argonne Credit Union membership? What happens to their checking account, savings account, ACU credit card, and loans?

A: Argonne Credit Union assures us that membership in the credit union only terminates if the account owner closes his/her accounts. If a laid-off employee has loans that are being repaid through Fermilab payroll deduction, that employee will need to contact the credit union to make other arrangements for payment.

Further questions should be directed to the Argonne Credit Union at (815) 267-7700, or visit the ACU office on the ground floor of Wilson Hall.

Q: What happens if an employee is on furlough the day of the layoff notifications?  Will he or she be notified at home? Or does the person have to wait until he/she arrive back to work on Monday morning?

A: Employees who are on the layoff list but are not at work on the designated layoff day for their Division/Section/Center will be notified when they return to work.

Q: If I am on vacation when laid off, will I receive the layoff notification by e-mail? If not, how will I be informed?

A: People who are laid off will be notified in person by their Division/Section/Center management and Human Resources when they return to work.

Q: A portion of my salary currently goes to the Flexible Spending Account for medical expenses.  If I am laid off, will (or can) the laboratory continue this deduction from the severance pay? If not, what other opportunities are there to continue in this program?

A: Contributions for Flexible Spending Accounts cannot be taken from severance pay. Flexible Spending Accounts are terminated on an employee's last day of employment. Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts may be continued under COBRA for the remainder of the calendar year. Dependent Care Accounts are not eligible for continuation under COBRA:

Q: If a weekly employee takes furlough in April and is laid off in May, will the employee be paid for the April furlough time?

A: If an employee is laid off he/she will not receive pay for a furlough that was previously taken.

Q: Has there been any concerted effort (across divisional boundaries) to assure that best people, in areas of duplication across division boundaries, are not laid off because they are in the "wrong" division (leaving the laboratory in a weaker state)?

A: A lab-wide task force examined positions eligible for reduction in force across the laboratory. A recommendation was provided to the laboratory director who made the final decisions.

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