Employee and Labor Relations

Campus Address
121-20 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 20
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

The layoff or furlough process can be difficult to navigate, especially during stressful times. Timely access to reliable information and useful resources are essential as you work through the process and prepare for your future. 

The information presented here offers guidance for anyone who's received a layoff or furlough notice. It can help you learn what to expect, understand implications for benefits, prepare to secure a new position, deal with emotional fallout, and more.

Five Things to Do First

If you've received a layoff or furlough notice, take these five steps right away. Even if you don't have time to read all the material presented on this site—or don't feel like it immediately—address the following:

  1. Know your rights and responsibilities. Review information specific to your job classification and ask questions of your supervisor or local HR professional.
  2. Learn what happens to your benefits. Some important deadlines can affect your health insurance or retirement accounts.
  3. Review your paycheck for automatic payroll-deduction items. Cancel any you no longer need by contacting specific departments on campus (e.g. Parking to cancel a parking deduction).
  4. Connect with Iowa Workforce Development to get information about unemployment insurance benefits.
  5. Think about contacting the Employee Assistance Program to visit with a counselor. EAP provides free and confidential counseling for you and your family members, and can make a referral for free financial counseling consultation.

Layoff/Furlough Processes

Review the policies that apply to your appointment type and get an overview of the process. 

Finding a New Job

Learn about the job-search and professional-development resources available to you as a UI employee.

Benefits and Pay

Explore your options for maintaining insurance, managing retirement accounts, and more.

Coping Resources

Find advice and connections that can help you and your family manage loss, change, and uncertainty.