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Posted on May 8, 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: A portion of my salary currently goes to the Flexible Spending Account for medical expenses. If I have been reimbursed more money from my FSA than I contributed to it so far this year, do I owe back that amount of money to the laboratory in the event I am laid off?

A: No, you don’t have to repay the laboratory.

Q. How many employees will be laid off?

A. The number will not be fixed until all final approvals have been received. As we reported in Fermilab Today on May 8, the expected number of layoffs at this time is about 140.

Q. If the laboratory access is restricted to employees only again (perhaps due to outside national security events), how will ex-employees get to the credit union?

A. The credit union is considered to be a public area. If for some reason access would be restricted, there are two non-Fermilab credit union locations available.

Q. Will there be a provision for the traditional going-away party for a worker who is laid off?

A. Whether and how to hold going-away parties for those who are laid off will be up to the individual employees and their colleagues. Onsite parties would need to take place in public areas of the lab.

Q. If a laid-off employee holds a recreation facility or pool pass, will it be cancelled? Will a full or pro-rated refund be made?

A. If you are laid off you will be able to use your pass only through the 2 weeks of administrative leave. Per the policies for passes, if you have already used 6 months or more of your pass, no money will be refunded. If you have held your pass less than 6 months, the refund will be pro-rated.

Q. If I am on a term appointment, and my term ends early due to the layoff, am I eligible for severance pay?

A. Employees on a term appointment are not eligible for severance pay if the term ends early due to the layoff.

Q: If an employee is in phased retirement or works part-time, will the severance pay be based on the part-time salary or the full-time salary?

A: Severance is based on a person's actual base salary. So if a person is part-time (including phased retirement) severance is based on the part-time salary. For H1B visa holders, currently on part-time status due to the furlough, severance will be based on full-time salary.

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