Layoff Letter Templates and Samples

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What Is a Layoff Letter?

A Layoff Letter is a formal notice sent by the employer to the employee to inform the latter their employment agreement is going to be terminated due to the difficult financial standing of the company - the sales have declined and the business cannot afford to keep all the employees, the organization is going bankrupt, or it is required to reduce the costs of the company.

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  • Layoff Letter to Employee. 

As soon as the business discovers they cannot allow paying the employee any longer as they become redundant to the employer through no fault of their own, the employee should be properly notified about the layoff and explained their individual performance did not influence this harsh decision.

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Layoff Letter Types 

  1. Generic Layoff Letter. Complete this template to tell your employee you have decided to eliminate certain positions in your company. Write down the date the layoff will take effect, confirm the layoff has nothing to do with any of the employees you are letting go, certify the employee's right to receive the dismissal compensation and benefits, ask them to return company property, and thank them for their work.
  2. Sample Layoff Letter. You may use this document for reference when composing your own layoff notice for an employee - greet them, tell them about the upcoming layoff right away, elaborate on the reasons that have led you to make this decision, indicate all the severance pay details and benefits the employee will have access to for weeks or months, and promise assistance during the search for alternative employment if necessary. 

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Sample "Layoff Letter"

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Use this letter to notify employees about the fact that your business or organization needs to make cuts for financial reasons.

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"Layoff Letter Template"

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Use this template if you need to cut down on staff, whether due to a merger, buyout, economic downturn, or decrease in business.

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