Skip to main content

INTOO Best Practices: How to Lay Off an Employee

Download PDF

In today’s fast-paced and globalized business environment, organizations have to continuously innovate to remain competitive and sometimes pivot to respond to external challenges or economic downturns. Layoffs are sometimes necessary as an important part of this change process—and HR professionals are expected to know how to lay off an employee and be prepared for a reduction in force under short notice.

Whether your organization is currently planning a reduction in force or simply preparing for future scenarios, our newest guide, How to Lay Off an Employee, can help. With an added section on best practices for virtual layoffs, this guide will serve as a valuable resource as you plan workforce changes for your company. 

Download the guide now and get in-depth answers to your questions: 

  • How do I craft a layoff list while following all federal and state laws and regulations?
  • What are the best practices for conducting a compassionate and respectful layoff meeting?
  • What notices and benefits do I need to provide to affected employees?
  • What items should my company include in a severance agreement?
  • Which departments do I need to coordinate with to ensure a smooth layoff event?
  • How can I ensure privacy and respect when conducting layoffs with remote employees? 

Each section will walk you through what you need to know and do to plan a layoff at your organization. We cover the unique concerns you might consider that are specific to the size of your company and the needs of your employees. In addition, we go over how to mitigate reputational risk in the digital age by offering outplacement services and other benefits.