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Information about the Layoffs

(Screen shot of website)As you know, this is a difficult time for us at the lab. We have a voluntary layoff program in process and have announced an involuntary program. The Human Resources Department plans to notify staff of the involuntary layoffs during the first part of February. This notification process will occur over a several day period; each directorate or department head will be given exact notification dates in advance.

Human Resources has had several requests for additional information that may be useful to staff who are laid off—either voluntarily or involuntarily.

To address this need, we have established a website devoted to layoff-related information. There you will find the policies and bargaining unit contract language which guide layoff decisions, determine the amount of severance to be paid and govern the post-layoff hiring preferences accorded to staff who are laid off. Also posted to the website are FAQ documents related to both the voluntary and involuntary layoff programs. There is no difference in benefits or severance pay between the two programs; the only difference is the personal choice that the volunteers made to leave the lab.

We also want everyone to know that support services are available for employees who are laid off. To assist laid-off workers in transitioning to a new job, SLAC is offering Career Service Assistance from DBM and Peninsula Works which includes career assessment, consultation, resume development, interview preparation, searching job listings and online classes. Both organizations will give on-site presentations in the weeks following layoff notifications. A representative of the State's Employment Development Department (EDD) will hold on-site Q & A sessions for those who will be applying for Unemployment Insurance benefits. All those on layoff status will also have a hiring preference at SLAC and on the Stanford campus for twelve months. Several companies and Stanford departments have already expressed interest in having our displaced workers apply for their open positions. Links to their job sites will be posted on the above website once the layoffs are announced.

I would also like to remind everyone that the Stanford Help Center is available for any employee and his or her family members who think they would benefit from having someone to talk with about their situation. The Help Center can be reached at 723-4577 on campus and at x2281 here at SLAC.

Members of the SLAC Human Resources Department will also be available to answer questions about both the voluntary and involuntary layoffs at an open forum to be held in the Panofsky Auditorium on Thursday, January 24th, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

We know that you may have questions not covered by our documents or that you may prefer to ask your questions in private rather than at the forum. Please contact Teresa Juarez (x2357) for benefits-related questions and Carmella Huser (x2358) or Barry Webb (x2355) for questions regarding the layoff process.

Lee Lyon, SLAC Today, January 17, 2008