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Conducting a Remote Layoff

​Remote work has exploded since the COVID-19 pandemic began with some employers hiring employees to work remotely anywhere in the United States.

With the recent economic downturn, layoffs are beginning to occur, and for the first time a significant number of remote employees may be included in layoffs. Layoffs of remote employees present unique legal hazards for employers.

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The Hazards of Remote Employee Layoffs: Wage and Hour Issues, Severance Agreements, and Unemployment Claims
Ogletree via SHRM | Jun 2022

Compliance with WARN for Remote Workers
Maynard Nexsen | Jan 2024

Employers Beware: Risks with Reductions in Force Involving a Remote Workforce
Polsinelli | Sep 2022

Note:  This content is limited to conducting a layoff of remote workers.  For a more broad overview of conducting layoffs, see the SHRM How-to Guide.

How to Conduct a Remote Layoff

As more people work remotely, and furloughs and job losses are announced daily, some individuals are learning their fate through e-mail. "Using e-mail to deliver that type of message is like breaking up with someone over text message," said Trisha Cuzdey, SHRM-CP, of Integra HR. "I can see why employers think it's a good idea. It's quicker and simpler. But the long-term message it sends to the employee is not beneficial."
How to Communicate Layoffs to Remote Employees
SHRM | Jul 2020

Virtual firings should be conducted just like its in-person counterpart, these experts say. Employers should have ample documentation, adhere to legal and industry guidelines, and arrange for the return of any company-owned property.
The art of giving out virtual pink-slips
Axios | Jun 2022

Including both HR and the employee's manager can eliminate the need for multiple conversations.
Conducting a Remote Layoff
McGohan Brabender | May 2020

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When Remote Layoffs Are Inevitable, How to Cut Ties Gracefully
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