Are You Ready for More Layoffs?

April 22, 2020, SHRM Newsletter, by Allen Smith, J.D.

Even more layoffs may be on the way in response to the coronavirus recession. Are you prepared to make reductions in force quickly and fairly? Time is of the essence with layoffs after alternatives such as pay cuts and furloughs have been tried or ruled out.

Kristen Gallagher, an attorney with McDonald Carano in Las Vegas, and Laura Jacobsen, an attorney with McDonald Carano in Reno, Nev., cautioned employers against these common mistakes businesses make when conducting layoffs:

  • Failing to review contracts that govern a worker’s employment relationship.
  • Overlooking state or local rules that govern when an employee has to receive a final paycheck.
  • Not reviewing a policy that directs how accrued and unused vacation or paid time off is to be handled upon termination.
  • Withholding unauthorized amounts (e.g., deductions for damage to company property) from final paychecks.
  • Now is the time to mitigate any inadvertent or recently discovered failure to pay overtime and issue payment at the time of termination in order to avoid potential accrual of penalties, they added.

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