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A USPS layoff is defined as a termination of employment due to abolishment of positions caused by a shortage of funds or work or a material change in the duties or organization of the university. Extreme effort must be taken to ensure that due process and proper procedures are recognized and followed. Under no circumstances is a layoff to be considered a disciplinary action.
USPS employees with permanent status in any USPS classification have rights relative to layoff. This requires careful planning of the layoff action prior to communication with an employee who may be affected. Employee Relations representatives must be contacted for assistance with this planning process. At minimum, a 45 calendar-day notice of layoff is provided.
For one year following his or her layoff, a USPS employee shall be offered reemployment when a vacancy occurs or a new position is established in the same classification from which he or she was laid off, provided the employee meets the realistic qualifications for the position. An employee appointed to fill a full- or part-time contract, grant, or auxiliary position, which has been designated as a time-limited appointment, will not have layoff rights.
An out-of-unit TEAMS staff member may be laid off at any time as a result of adverse financial circumstances; reallocation of resources; reorganization of degree or curriculum offerings or requirements; reorganization of academic or administrative structures, programs, or functions; or curtailment of one or more programs or functions.
A minimum 45 calendar-day notification of layoff will be provided.
TEAMS layoff rights are not applicable to employees appointed to positions funded from “soft money” (e.g., contracts and grants, auxiliaries, or local funds).