Reductions-In-Force: Best Practices

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In a recent survey, approximately 60 percent of employers indicated that they will likely institute layoffs in the next 12 months. In November 2008, the number of reductions-in-force at U.S. companies were up an astounding 275 percent annually as a result of the deepening economic recession. Before implementing a reduction-in-force, employers may want to consider other alternatives because of the impact a reduction will have on the remaining workforce. Alternatives include work sharing arrangements, hiring freezes, voluntary exit incentives, temporary shutdowns and reductions in the work week.

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