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.