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How to write layoff letters

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Issue: Poorly written layoff letters can open your organization to legal action. No matter how you write layoff letters, they are bound to anger employees, especially if the employees don’t see it coming. Don’t give irate employees legal ammunition by writing misleading, inaccurate or insensitive layoff letters.

Benefit: Choosing the right tone and wording will ease tension and lawsuit risks.

Action: Create notices that explain the layoff in the most straightforward, respectful manner possible. To avoid legal action, think of layoff letters as informal legal documents that include the following:

1. Reason for the layoff. Explain without providing too much detail. Write whether the action stems from financial difficulties, elimination of a department, a merger, increased competition or other reason.

Example: “Due to a change in business operations, the X department and every job in it will be eliminated. Your position w...(register to read more)

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