Latest Questions & Answers
Q: What is the second phase of the Voluntary Layoff Program? Will another group of people be given the chance to volunteer? Or will the balance be met by notifying people they have been laid off?
A: If the Lab does not receive a sufficient amount of volunteers, then an involuntary layoff will follow.
Q: If I choose the voluntary layoff, will I have the option of retiring and returning as guest scientist?
A: If you are laid off either voluntarily or involuntarily and if you are retirement eligible, you can also retire. You may also apply to your division head for retired guest scientist status.
Q: I don't see in the voluntary layoff plan the two weeks of notice for the layoff. Is that correct that there is no notice?
A: Notice pay is only given when an employee is involuntarily laid off.
Q: Is there any vacation time accumulated for the month of July under the voluntary plan?
A: One must be on the payroll for 11 days in the month in order to accrue vacation, so those that choose to take the voluntary layoff would not receive vacation accrual for July.
Q: A previous question was answered with the statement, "Flexible Spending Accounts are terminated on an employee's last day of employment." What happens to the outstanding balance or repayments being applied for at the time of termination?
A: The flexible spending account is terminated on the last day of employment. Claims may be submitted for expenses incurred during the time the account was active. Claims may also be submitted until the end of the quarter after coverage was terminated. For example: if you terminate employment on June 30, 2008, your account terminates on June 30, 2008. You may submit expenses incurred from January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008. You can submit those expenses for reimbursement until September 30, 2008.
Q: What about the people who are not to be laid off on the day of notification for involuntary layoff? I don't see anything in the plan about telling them about their status. That's an important step to relieve anxiety.
A: If we get to the involuntary phase, after all those being laid off have been notified, the division/section/center heads will let their groups know that the layoffs are finished.
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