Proposed Revisions to Staff Policy 60-Layoff and Reduction in Time

The University invites your comments regarding the proposed revisions to Staff Policy 60- Layoff and Reduction in Time from Professional and Support Staff Career Positions.

The main focus of the revised policy clarifies that performance is one of several key factors to be considered when deciding employee layoffs and/or reductions in time. The previous version of the policy took employee performance and skills into account under certain circumstances, but seniority was the dominant factor in layoff decisions.  The proposed policy continues to allow seniority to be a factor, and it clarifies that employee’s documented performance and ability should also be carefully considered. 

For example, under the revised policy if two employees in the same layoff unit are being considered for layoffs and they have the same skills and have performed equally, the more senior employee would remain. If there were differences in documented performance, then those factors would also be considered.

 For more information about the proposed changes and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the

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 Comments may be provided by August 31, 2011 to Cathy Schoenfeld at  We will provide a summary of your comments to the Office of the President for their consideration.