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Posted on June 10, 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: I received a Voluntary Self Select Option Program packet. To apply, do I just turn in the 2-page application form to WDRS or do I also include the approval form and give it to my division head?

A: Please fill out the 2-page VSSOP application form and return to WDRS via e-mail at or hard copy to M.S. 107. WDRS will contact your division head. You can ignore the approval form.

Q: If I have a question about where my position falls in the workforce group categories on the Fermilab Post-Reduction Headcount goals (only accessible from Fermilab computers), whom should I contact?

A: Please e-mail the WDRS staff at

Q: I am an H-1 visa holder and received a VSSOP packet. Do I need to make arrangements with the Fermilab Visa Office?

A: Any foreign national at Fermilab in a nonimmigrant status (H-1B, J-1, F-1) should contact the Visa Office before making a decision about the VSSOP program.

Q: Will the layoff date of an employee depend on when the employee responds to the VSSOP invitation? In particular if I wait until the end of the two week option period to respond, will my period of employment at the lab be two weeks longer than if I respond right away?

A: The date that the employee turns in an application will not necessarily correspond with the separation date of June 30, July 1, July 2, or July 3.

Q: Will the dates of the layoff of voluntary and involuntary layoffs be the same?

A: The dates of the voluntary and involuntary will not be the same. The involuntary layoff will follow the voluntary layoff unless we get a sufficient amount of people from the voluntary layoff.

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