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Healthcare Industry: Planning For Reorganizations And RIFs

Historically, the healthcare industry has not experienced layoffs of the magnitude seen by manufacturing and other sectors during the recent economic downturn. But with changes in healthcare, including changes in reimbursements, some employers may be faced with difficult choices, including reorganizations and layoffs.

New Reduction in Force Checklist (pdf).

Outlining proper steps.

Caught in the Middle: Rising Unemployment Takes Its Toll on Older Managers.

U.S. recessions since the oil crisis in the early 1970s each had their own special causes and victims, but they also had something in common: They were over relatively quickly. The current downturn, however, is deeper and already longer than any since World War II. This spells trouble for one especially vulnerable group -- managers in their 40s and early 50s. They tend to be more expensive than their younger counterparts; they may lack some of the high-tech savvy needed to succeed in a more efficient workplace; and they face a downsized job market that will stay that way much longer than usual.

Half-a-Million Job Cuts: Is There a Strategy Behind the Layoffs?

In a single week in January, corporations around the world laid off nearly 100,000 workers. Since September last year, more than half a million jobs have been eliminated, even at companies that were doing well some time ago.

As Layoffs Spread, Innovative Alternatives May Soften the Blow.

Just how bad will the economy get? For employers facing tough decisions about layoffs, the question is far from rhetorical. If the current economic turmoil is contained sooner than expected, premature layoffs could be a disaster. If not enough employees are laid off and the recession continues, the company's bottom line could suffer. And in any scenario involving layoffs, morale among those employees remaining at the company is sure to plummet.

As Layoffs Spread, Innovative Alternatives May Soften the Blow.

Just how bad will the economy get? For employers facing tough decisions about layoffs, the question is far from rhetorical. If the current economic turmoil is contained sooner than expected, premature layoffs could be a disaster. If not enough employees are laid off and the recession continues, the company's bottom line could suffer. And in any scenario involving layoffs, morale among those employees remaining at the company is sure to plummet.

Reducing Headcount Without Increasing Risk.

In a slumping economy, the cost side of doing business comes under significant scrutiny in all industries. This is certainly no different for retailers, which are often the hardest hit in a recession economy. Given that labor is generally the largest or second largest expense for retailers, labor is one of the first areas targeted for cuts. But unlike reducing inventory, delaying expansion plans, or monitoring fuel use, when labor is cut, real people take the hit and sometimes they come back swinging.

Downsizing: An Ounce of Prevention Versus a Ton of Litigation (pdf).

Seven-Figure Settlements Can Wipe Out Reduction-in-Force Savings.

Planning A RIF? Read This First!

In reductions in force (RIFs), most employers offer terminating employees extra pay in return for agreements releasing legal claims. The extra pay helps workers transition to new employment; the releases enable the employer to move forward without the risk of costly and distracting RIF-related litigation. In recent cases, however, RIF-ed employees have convinced federal courts to invalidate their release agreements.

Ogletree Deakins | California | The Opportunities and Obligations of Venture Capital and Private Equity in the #MeToo Environment (February 01, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | Glimmers of Hope? Pair of Recent PAGA Cases Provide Rare Procedural Victories for California Employers (January 31, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | California’s Salary History Ban: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (January 23, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | The ICEman Cometh? Recent War of Words Puts California Employers in the Crosshairs of National Immigration Debate (January 22, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Trial Court Properly Denied Attorneys’ Fees To Plaintiff Who Proved His Termination Was Substantially Motivated By His Disabilities, But Was Not The Prevailing Party At Trial (January 21, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | Cal/OSHA Approves Long-Awaited Housekeeper Injury Prevention Regulations (January 24, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | Cal/OSHA Approves Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard – Likely to Go Into Effect Later This Year (January 21, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | DLSE Publishes Voluntary Template for Required Employer AB 450 Notice (February 11, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | As Marijuana Shops Thrive, California Employers Revisit Drug Policies (January 18, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Reminder! California Employers Must Provide Notice of the Federal and California Earned Income Tax Credit (January 15, 2018)