A person whose employment ends through a reduction in force is told of the decision in person and in writing by the president. Maximum notice is given an employee whenever possible. Notice should be given no less than 30 days prior to separation. The letter of notification should include the conditions requiring separation, a general description of procedures followed in making the decision, and the right of and procedure for appeal by the employee. The employee should acknowledge receipt of the letter by signing and returning a copy to the president.
An employee who desires to appeal the separation may do so in writing to the president. The Board, or a committee of the Board designated or appointed by the chair, reviews the employee’s written appeal and may invite the employee to appear before them. The employee’s written request for appeal must be delivered to the president within ten working days after the receipt of the letter of separation, or the right to appeal is forfeited. The Board or its representatives must render a decision within ten working days after the chair receives the request from the president. The decision of the Board or its representatives is final. The appeal process does not extend the minimum period of notification stated above.
An employee who is separated from the college through a reduction in force is given priority consideration for re-employment for 12 months, assuming performance standards, qualifications, and affirmative action guidelines are not violated. He/she receives copies of all position announcements from the college during this period. An employee who is separated from the college through a reduction in force may choose a 12-month leave of absence without pay in order to continue group insurance benefits (to be paid in full by the employee). Choosing a leave of absence without pay does not extend the time or alter the conditions under which priority for reemployment is provided. Factors to be used in implementing a reduction in force program are prioritized below:
General considerations in minimizing the negative impact of a reduction in force program include the following:
program of study whenever possible.
Reviewed: April 21, 2021