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Five Steps to Keep Layoffs Legal


Whether you call it a reduction in force (RIF), a mass layoff, "rightsizing" or a scale back, letting go of employees is never an easy move. Besides the emotional strain and negative impact on morale that accompanies a RIF, employers need to tread carefully when laying off staff for fear of triggering an employment lawsuit. An employer facing the prospect of trimming its workforce should consider five steps:

This article appeared in the January 2, 2009 issue of Daily Journal of Commerce - Portland, OR.


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