Reduction in Force (RIF) Checklist

Reductions in force (RIFs) can be difficult to manage, and they also tend to move very quickly—making it very easy to miss a step or make costly mistakes in the process. This checklist will help you make informed decisions to ensure an effective transition for your transitioning employees and your organization overall.

This RIF checklist covers:

  • The key steps to successfully managing a reduction in force
  • The proper notifications and compliance schedule as dictated by the WARN Act—the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act—which affects most employers with 100 or more employees
  • Reduction in force best practices, such as how to communicate layoffs, prepare for possible legal claims, and manage fringe benefits obligations

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