I was told by the head of my department that I would be laid off in approximately a month. This was not surprising; the company has been struggling for a long time. I was asked to keep it secret from other employees, which is also not surprising because I think the last round of layoffs brought the company below the number of employees where 30 or 60 days notice is required by law.
But surely HR knows about it, right? So a week later, I asked HR to provide me with information about COBRA insurance and unemployment benefits. HR was confused because they were not aware of any planned layoffs.
I'm concerned that something shady is going on, but I don't think they're specifically trying to get rid of me personally because they immediately asked if I'd be willing to continue working as a contractor, which they've done in the past with laid off employees.
What could be a reason why HR is not aware of this? How could I proceed with this so my health insurance is not affected in between jobs?