Job Loss Circumstances

Layoff and termination usually are not our choice and we may not be prepared for the financial and emotional toll both can have on the person and the family.

Posted
November 4, 2020
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Job Loss Circumstances

Layoff and termination usually are not our choice and we may not be prepared for the financial and emotional toll both can have on the person and the family.

Posted
November 4, 2020

Layoff

This is when an employer needs to reduce their workforce. It can be a reduction in force also.  In most cases, you will be either given notice that you will be laid off on a future date or you may be told that your last employment day is immediate.  When this happens, first take a deep breath.  Usually, it is not your fault, but it can feel that way.  Ask about any benefits and severance pay you may receive.  Read any notices the employer is giving to you and ask questions. You should be eligible to file for unemployment benefits.  

Learn more about Texas Unemployment.


Termination

Termination with cause is when an employer believes an employee has broken a policy or committed an infraction and the employer no longer wishes to keep the employee on staff.  Causes for termination have a wide range of reasons from absenteeism to dishonesty.  For some infractions, you will be given warnings and ideas on how to improve your performance before a termination.  For infractions deemed so serious by the employer, you can be terminated or fired immediately.  The employer can escort you out of the building and ask that you not return.  It is best to follow the employer’s requests.  You may be asked to sign a termination agreement.  Read it thoroughly and if allowed write any appropriate comments.  This is not the place to write nasty comments about the employer or staff members.  

If you believe you were fired incorrectly or for reasons of discrimination, contact the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

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