Voluntary layoffs- wise move for emp...

Voluntary layoffs- wise move for employees?

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Since: Apr 08

mayberry usa

#1 Jan 27, 2009
It looks as if our family has been added to the list of the unemployed. My husbands company asked today for voluntary layoffs in order to keep from doing permanant layoffs. My husband called me for input and we decided to take the voluntary in the hopes of saving someone's job. It is suposed to be for the month of February only.
Does anyone else work for a company doing voluntary layoffs? Is it keeping others from being fired?

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#3 Jan 27, 2009
4boys-1princess wrote:
It looks as if our family has been added to the list of the unemployed. My husbands company asked today for voluntary layoffs in order to keep from doing permanant layoffs. My husband called me for input and we decided to take the voluntary in the hopes of saving someone's job. It is suposed to be for the month of February only.
Does anyone else work for a company doing voluntary layoffs? Is it keeping others from being fired?
My only questions in this situation would be, "What are my options for recall if the layoff goes longer than one month? Can I decide I can not go longer than initially planned and get put back on active payroll status? Can employer decide to downsize while I am on layoff and not be recalled? Does health care (if available) continue for me and family while on layoff?"

Another concern would be all the problems people are having with MARVIN system, so hopefully you have enough available cash to potentially live with no payments from MARVIN for the month of layoff.

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Since: Apr 08

mayberry usa

#4 Jan 27, 2009
Curious wrote:
Thougths are with you. I count my blessings yet worry about the same thing everyday.
Care to say where he works?
He works for Ridgeview Industries in Walker. It is a great place to work, and we are counting on his going back after this layoff. The owner has been upfront with employees about the situation. Not good the first two quarters. We are able to keep our insurance during the layoff, but must still pay his portion,of course. I think we will have enough money on hand, especially since our tax return will be available by the end of Feb. Marvin is my one big worry, because I have read of so many people's trouble getting through. The other worry I have is what to do with him home all day, every day for a month?

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#5 Jan 27, 2009
4boys-1princess wrote:
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He works for Ridgeview Industries in Walker. It is a great place to work, and we are counting on his going back after this layoff. The owner has been upfront with employees about the situation. Not good the first two quarters. We are able to keep our insurance during the layoff, but must still pay his portion,of course. I think we will have enough money on hand, especially since our tax return will be available by the end of Feb. Marvin is my one big worry, because I have read of so many people's trouble getting through. The other worry I have is what to do with him home all day, every day for a month?
Sounds like you hopefully will be ok .. good luck.

As for him being home all day ... "honey-do" list ...

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Since: Apr 08

mayberry usa

#6 Jan 27, 2009
Over 50 wrote:
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Sounds like you hopefully will be ok .. good luck.
As for him being home all day ... "honey-do" list ...
I was thinking of scraping a little money together and letting him go to town finishing the basement. It's the old dilemma "Lots of time, no money; plenty of money, no time". I bet I will have a VERY CLEAN garage.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#7 Jan 27, 2009
My husband's company has been doing this for a while. At present they're working 32 hours a week and one guy at a time takes an additional day off during the week. It's the nicest way to deal with a crappy situation, having no one laid off..... yet.
Tim

Ann Arbor, MI

#8 Jan 27, 2009
Don't count on unemployment for a check anytime soon. I took a layoff due to lack of work on 12/22/08. I filed 12/26/08 and still waiting for my first check. If you have money, hang onto it. You may need it to make bills. 2009 is going to be a bad year, and a lot of companys will go under. I have been looking for a job every day, and I'm told the same thing everytime. "We have one opening and over five hundred apps." Good luck to you and your husband.
Rock

New York, NY

#9 Jan 27, 2009
4boys-1princess wrote:
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He works for Ridgeview Industries in Walker. It is a great place to work, and we are counting on his going back after this layoff. The owner has been upfront with employees about the situation. Not good the first two quarters. We are able to keep our insurance during the layoff, but must still pay his portion,of course. I think we will have enough money on hand, especially since our tax return will be available by the end of Feb. Marvin is my one big worry, because I have read of so many people's trouble getting through. The other worry I have is what to do with him home all day, every day for a month?
Yeah the Marvin thing would be my biggest worry. Just be careful with your spending. When ever you buy something ask yourself...is this a want, or is this a need. If it's just a want, put it back on the shelf.

Sure, I would take a voluntary layoff for a month or two, knowing I would get unemployment. Kudo's to the hubby for helping out.

As for those long cold days...You got kids yet? ;)
Alvin

Foley, AL

#10 Jan 27, 2009
4boys-1princess wrote:
It looks as if our family has been added to the list of the unemployed. My husbands company asked today for voluntary layoffs in order to keep from doing permanant layoffs. My husband called me for input and we decided to take the voluntary in the hopes of saving someone's job. It is suposed to be for the month of February only.
Does anyone else work for a company doing voluntary layoffs? Is it keeping others from being fired?
Is your husband that nice or did he really just want a month off? Just thinking that's all.

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Since: Apr 08

mayberry usa

#11 Jan 28, 2009
Alvin wrote:
<quoted text>Is your husband that nice or did he really just want a month off? Just thinking that's all.
He's that nice. My husband does not enjoy sitting idle. He has a handful of paint swatches and a trip to Home Depot planned for this weekend. Also lined up some tiling work for my sister's home. He'll be busy.
jim

Littleton, CO

#12 Jan 28, 2009
It's not a good idea to take a "voluntary" layoff.
they dont have to take you back.
Also, if you do decide to take it, make sure you take all of your personal property.
My former employer will not give me my tool's or personal property back, because acording to law, it is in their building , so it belongs to them!

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#13 Jan 28, 2009
4boys-1princess wrote:
It looks as if our family has been added to the list of the unemployed. My husbands company asked today for voluntary layoffs in order to keep from doing permanant layoffs. My husband called me for input and we decided to take the voluntary in the hopes of saving someone's job. It is suposed to be for the month of February only.
Does anyone else work for a company doing voluntary layoffs? Is it keeping others from being fired?
The wife's shop was going through those since last fall, and many took one or two month layoffs. They're now going by seniority (UAW shop) for longer term layoffs.

The only catch was having to pick up the cost of health insurance. The COBRA payment was $980 per/month. Not a bad deal if you have the money for it set aside, or if you want to run the risk of going without.

Glad you folks could afford to take that time off, and good luck.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#14 Jan 29, 2009
My husband's company laid off 4 guys last night. It's a small company. hmmmm-glad we all just went to the dentist.
RealAmerican

Royal Oak, MI

#15 Jan 29, 2009
Never, I repeat Never take a voluntary lay off. That to me tells the company you really do not want to work.
andre sowell

United States

#16 Aug 30, 2009
I am just reading some of the comments, and I feel as though if you know that lay offs are going to inevidibly happen within your job then why not take a voluntary because let me tell you this,people become very cuth throat and mean during times of lay offs!

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