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Questions related to the ending of employment that is not "for cause" but due to financial or organisational reasons such as downsizing or positions being eliminated or outsourcing. Contrast with firing/termination which is typically due to performance reasons.

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What is the appropriate behavior when management decisions lead to tasks no longer being done?

Management decided to let go of certain employees. I've been here a long time, and have a good overview of what everybody did, so I have now noticed that many tasks are simply not being done. For ...
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Why doesn't copilot lead to layoffs at coding jobs? [closed]

Github argues that "developers who used GitHub Copilot completed the task significantly faster–55% faster than the developers who didn’t use GitHub Copilot." How come we're not seeing a ...
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2 notice periods in my contract - redundancy query

We have been notified of imminent redundancies at my place of work, I have only been there 1y 8m. I (perhaps wrongly) assumed they would need to give me 3 months notice as it’s in my contract. I have ...
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Can I expect a redundancy payment when the 2 year anniversary of starting is within my notice period?

I'm being made redundant with PILON. My 2 year anniversary of starting with the company falls within the contracted notice period. Can I expect a statutory redundancy payment?
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Law regarding seeking and storing references in the UK

I have a friend who is currently going through redundancy. He works for a digital agency. In his contract it states that the current employer would not like him to work for another agency for at least ...
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Coworkers laid off in a small startup. Would it be poor form to ask the CEO in a 1:1 about it?

I’m a bit unsettled by the fact that one of layoffs is a surprise to me. Not on the same team but I’ve been on a work trip with him, and he seemed diligent. Would it be poor form to inquire about it ...
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Company is making my position redundant due to cost cutting but asking me to send email for resignation

I was communicated over call with HR and senior manager that due to low business activity some positions are going to be made redundant and I am one of them. They communicated this over call and there ...
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What is a reasonable way to ask if a company has had layoffs in the past year when interviewing?

I'm starting to interview again after being laid off in May, starting a new job in June, which just has 3 rounds of layoffs in the past month and is feeling very shaky. With all the chatter around ...
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Laid off from work but the undeserving one was not. Fight for it?

My friend recently experienced a layoff at his workplace due to the company's projected revenue shortfall for the year. He's questioning whether this decision was fair, especially given that he ...
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What month and year should I write in my cv for a job from which I was fired just after a long vacation?

I started the job as a Java Software Engineer in 09-2022. I worked until the end of 04-2023. Then I took a vacation lasting 3 months, until the beginning of 08-2023. Just after I came back to the ...
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Redundancy Query

I work as a night carer one night per week looking after 2 residents. One resident ended up very ill in hospital for a few weeks and the other was too high dependency for the care setting -she also ...
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Departing colleague attacked me in farewell email, what can I do?

We have just been through a round of redundancies at the company I work for. One colleague, who I had argued with frequently, took what I believe to be voluntary redundancy. I have been told by a ...
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How should a business communicate redundancy/restructuring to those not at risk?

I work in a small IT team for a small uk based business. Today, unbeknownst to me and the rest of the team, three of the five members of the team were suddenly ‘out of office’ at midday, with some ...
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Signals and consequences of voluntary part-time?

My employer recently laid off staff due to economic conditions; on the order of 10%, I think. I made the cut and we -- the survivors -- have been promised that there won't be another round of lay offs ...
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Quitting instead of accepting Performance Improvement Plan?

I was spared in the recent layoffs at my company which is based in California, USA. First, they let go/forced out many leaders and replaced some of them. Then, many middle managers including mine and ...
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Laid off with no NDA signed [closed]

If an employee or a contractor gets laid off, but has no NDA signed.. Could they go ahead work for competitors and even take the work they have done and resell/redo for the competitors?
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Why would an at-will employer lay people off instead of just firing them when the second option would save them money?

My question is provocative because I have often wondered why would companies lay some folks off when they could seemingly save so much more money by firing them? I understand if it was a big reduction ...
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Online training login still active after redundancy

My previous company had a subscription to an online training website for all employees. I was made redundant a few months ago but I recently discovered that my login still works. Should I login and ...
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Should I Ask My Employer If They Are Planning To Phase Me Out?

My title is the "Vice-President of Technology", but that's mostly just to look good on a business card. I've actually been the entirety of my IT Department for most of my nearly fifteen ...
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Didn’t inform interviewer of layoff, what now?

I was recently laid off and it was part of a company reduction of force. I slipped into a self doubting mood after this as I’ve never been fired or laid off before. The first week I was unemployed, a ...
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Volunteering for redundancy

So one of my close colleagues (who is also a friend I have worked with at companies prior) informed me in private that he was being made redundant and was asked to leave immediately with full notice ...
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How to respectfully decline offer from previous employer

My previous employer wants me to come work for them again. I was let go because of the pandemic, but I think the real reason I was let go is because my line manager had issues with my communication, ...
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Polite way to ask if senior management will screw me over?

Summary: Senior engineer left after being lied to by the management. Soon I might be approached to fill the role. How can I ensure same bad things won't happen to me? I'm working for a division of a ...
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Former Coworkers Keep Sending Me Small Requests for Tech Help, How to Respond?

I worked for two years at a themed entertainment company as a designer/developer. I worked on a lot of complicated projects using custom electronics and/or microcontroller firmware. I did my best to ...
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What should I do if HR doesn't know about a planned layoff?

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 ...
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Should I reconsider job offer after redundancy

I’ll try to explain my situation as briefly as possible. I’m currently an apprentice software developer but was made redundant, via phone call, in early November. It was a complete surprise to me as ...
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Getting laid off soon with a new job offer. Take severance pay?

I know I will be laid off in a couple weeks (with severance pay). I have another job offer, and they don't know I will be laid off soon. Is there a downside to push my start date to after getting laid ...
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Position redundant, new role same wage but salaried [closed]

Our company is unfortunately taking the decision to make redundancy across there workforce... I am one who is being affected, currently in consultation.. they are axing 2 main manager roles at site ...
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Should I talk confidentially to HR about my unattainable sales goals

Summary: Should I discreetly discuss with HR how I don't believe I - or anyone - will be successful in my position at our company? I work at a large multinational in an industrial B2B role as BDM for ...
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No true reason for dismissal; how can I find out? [closed]

I was recently formally laid off from an employment position with the reason being that the company did not capitalize enough on my employment. The boss said that he really appreciated my skills and ...
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After company restructuring. how could I assert the type of role I want without risking redundancy?

Question: I have already made it clear verbally what I want in my career and asked to speak in a few weeks' time to discuss this. Apart from job hunting elsewhere, is there anything else I can do?
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Redundancy for transitioning from employee to contractor

I am currently a web developer for an Australian company, in a full time salaried position. Due to COVID we have much less work, and redundancies are expected. My manager has been put under pressure ...
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Laid off and can't find job [closed]

Discovered myself in situation I did not anticipate. I worked as embedded, constrained system developer for about decade and a half, to be blunt I got laid off and can't find job. I do not know what ...
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How to prepare team for layoff?

Our team consists of about 15 developers, we basically act as in house dev ops and think tank for our company. Our performance was fine until recently, but slowly it started to decline, and so did ...
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Starting anew after redundancy

Good morning. I have just been made redundant. All was done by the book, however the company has no funds for severance. We are to get our Redundancy / Holiday and Notice period pay via National ...
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Asking for a raise after layoffs

I work as a software engineer at a media company in New York. Last October I was promoted from senior engineer to a more managerial role. The new role has a good deal more responsibility, including ...
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Among the first ones to be laid off temporarily due to lack of projects. Should I ask my manager for explanation? Is it time to find another job?

I was laid off temporarily (3 months) due to lack of projects in our department. However, what is concerning for me is that only 4 out of 45 people were laid off in our department and I was one of ...
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Is seniority a legal parameter when there are layoffs in Germany?

In an answer to a recent question, it was stated that (...) unless you are in Germany or a country with similarly rigid firing order Is there a legally binding mechanism which takes the seniority ...
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How should I explain volunteering for future layoffs in interviews?

I got wind that my boss was going to need to reduce his headcount by 1 (technically three, but there were two open positions). I volunteered as all four of my co-workers just had kids in the past year ...
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Motivating employees to prevent downsizing

My district manager has informed me that one of the regional offices may be closing with one possibility being the office that I manage. Final decisions as to which office is closed will be based on ...
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Is internal transfer safe during a layoff?

I am a software developer for a team that I have been in for many years. I like the job well enough (most days) and am highly-respected, but the current management is very poor and I'm not being ...
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I got offered a retention bonus after verbally agreeing to another job

My employer is reorganising the department I'm working for. This came as a surprise to everyone including me. They'll be shuttering an entire line of business, which I am part of, but are focussing ...
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How does health coverage work after being laid off? [closed]

I recently got laid off from my job in the USA like many other people. I have had health insurance coverage through my employer, and so I called my insurance today to ask for a loss of coverage letter....
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Networking referral not answering email after a week

I am a graphic designer who was recently laid off last month, along with all my other coworkers and bosses at a small regional newspaper. The publisher just decided to close it, but it came as a shock ...
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Conditions for accepting a pay cut instead of being laid off with severance

I work in a Canadian office for a large US-based company that has several offices throughout the US and Canada. Senior management in the US has already been forced to take cuts, and Canadian managers ...
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My company furloughed people and instituted pay cuts. Time to leave?

In the wake of the pandemic my company lost a lot of its business and clients, and revenue is down by over 60%. People were furloughed (and some in the overseas office were fired), and mandatory 15% ...
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Being made redundant after/during furloughed?

If you are made redundant after being put on Furlough, are you entitled to the usual notice period (contractually 3 months in this case), and on full pay (as opposed to the 80% whilst Furloughed)? Is ...
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Company asking to resign with two months basic pay amidst COVID situation

I am in weird situation. I work in Indian IT company which has around 3000 employees. I am not on any projects for couple of months now. And now I have started to work from home due to COVID-19. (When ...
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Reinstating a Terminated Employee

Can an employer terminate an employee or ask him to resign as an apparent disciplinary action with a hidden intention to reinstate him by overturning their termination or resignation afterwards before ...
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Offered 50% pay cut or redundancy due to coronavirus. What are my options?

My employer's main clients are unable to pay their bills to us, as they cannot work at this time. Therefore my boss is offering me 50% wages until the coronavirus goes away (technically for part time ...
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