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RIFs in the Trump Era: What is a RIF?

We're sure you've heard by now that President Trump is proposing massive layoffs to the federal government. But how can he do this, and what rules does he need to follow? Tune in for our three-part series on RIFs. Today we will discuss what a RIF is. On Wednesday, we will focus on appeals and grievances of RIF decisions. And finally, on Friday, we will discuss reemployment rights after a RIF.

What is a RIF and how does it work?

A RIF is a government layoff called a Reduction in Force. The federal government must abide by certain rights and protections when deciding who to layoff. Employees within specific geographic areas are ranked according to four factors: tenure, veteran's status, years of service, and performance ratings. The government is required to start from the bottom during RIFs.

What are the alternatives?

Despite deep cuts to agency budgets, agencies have options other than RIFs. Agencies are free to cut certain programs rather than reduce its workforce. Here are some alternatives to RIFs:

  • Cutting programs such as training and travel
  • Unpaid furloughs, or scheduled days off without pay
  • Buyouts, or voluntary separation incentive payment (VSIP). A buyout is a cash payment to entice an employee to leave voluntarily
  • Early Retirement, which allows a federal employee to voluntarily retire before they hit the specified combination of age and years of service

What are your rights if you are RIFed?

Facing a federal government RIF? Call Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C. today at (202) 536-3315, or email Alan to protect your rights.

Tune in Wednesday for a discussion of appeals and grievances of RIFs , and on Friday for a discussion of reemployment rights after a RIF.

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