A layoff is a separation initiated by the College due to reorganization or a lack of funds. An employee who has been laid-off retains recall rights for a period equal to the length of his or her continuous service at his or her termination date but not to exceed one year. Thus if a laid-off employee is rehired within that period to any regular job at the College, his or her previous continuous service date is reinstated. If an employee refuses recall, his or her recall rights immediately cease and if subsequently employed, he or she will be considered as a new employee.
Employees terminated as a result of a layoff may receive 2 weeks of paid notice for each full year of continuous service to a maximum of 52 weeks, unless, upon hire or subsequent notice of grant limitations is given. Affected employees will receive pay for any earned but unused vacation.
The department head and the Office of Human Resources may set a shorter than normal notice period if they determine that continuing the employee's services for the normal notice period would be contrary to the College's interest. In such cases, the Office of Human Resources may approve payment to such employee of an amount not to exceed payment for the number of weeks remaining in the applicable termination notice period described above. Payment will be at the employee's base wages.
An employee who on his or her own initiative does not serve out a period of notice before a layoff, will be paid through the last day he or she actually worked, plus any vacation pay due him or her in accordance with College policy. By accepting such a payment, the laid-off employee relieves the College of any further liability or obligation and also cancels his or her recall rights. The employee must sign an appropriate release before such payment can be made. When there is a reasonable expectation that a terminated employee may be re-employed elsewhere at the College, an arrangement may be made, subject to the approval of the Office of Human Resources, to continue salary payments to the employee through the regular payroll process. Such salary payments will continue until the person is employed in either another position at the College or elsewhere, or until the expiration of the notice period, whichever occurs first. Such an arrangement will allow the laid-off employee to retain recall rights in accordance with College policy. The approval of such an arrangement will be contingent upon the employee signing an appropriate release.
--From the Dartmouth College Employment Policies and Procedures Manual
Separation of Employment Policy
Last Updated: 2/6/09