Layoff and Furlough Resources

The layoff or furlough process is difficult. Reliable information and useful resources are essential. 
These pages provide guidance for people who've received layoff or furlough notices. Learn implications for benefits, review tips for finding a new job, explore strategies for dealing with emotional fallout, and more.

Five Things to Do First

Even if you don't have time to read all the material you've received—or don't feel like it immediately—take care of these five things:

  1. Review information specific to your job classification to learn about your rights and responsibilities.
  2. Learn what happens to your benefits. Some deadlines are extremely important and can affect your health insurance or retirement accounts. See the benefits handout in your layoff/furlough packet or schedule an appointment with a benefits specialist.
  3. Review your paycheck for automatic payroll deduction items. Cancel those you will no longer need by contacting specific departments on campus (e.g. Parking to cancel a parking deduction).
  4. Connect with Iowa Workforce Development to find out information about unemployment insurance benefits.
  5. Think about contacting the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to visit with a counselor. EAP provides free confidential psychological counseling for you and your family members, and referral for free financial counseling consultation.

How Layoffs/Furloughs Work

Layoff and furlough processes differ depending on employment category. Find details specific to various Merit and Professional and Scientific appointments.

Benefits and Pay

Learn about options for insurance coverage, accessing retirement and flexible spending account balances, unemployment insurance, and more.

Job Search Resources

Find general advice, University of Iowa resources, and targeted programs available to different types of UI employees.

Coping with Loss and Change

Manage common challenges to emotional health and overall well-being with free counseling, financial advice, and more.

Contact Information

Employee and Labor Relations

Campus Address
121-20 USB
Mailing Address

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