Layoff Resources

Avoiding, Implementing, and Surviving Staff Layoffs: Information for Employees and Departments

The University of California, Berkeley is committed to creating a healthy and supportive environment for each employee and to administering all policies fairly and equitably. It is the policy of the University to minimize layoffs required by budget reductions and to consider staffing reductions only after other creative solutions have been considered.

The information on this website was developed by Central Human Resources with Employee Assistance and the Staff Ombuds Office to provide employees and departments with resources to supplement Central HR's direct services.

If layoffs are inevitable, it's critical to administer the University's bargaining agreements and personnel policies fairly and equitably. Departments should check specific union contracts (bargaining agreements) and personnel policies to confirm the rights that employees may have with regard to notice, recall, and preferential rehire.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact your Employee Relations Consultant.