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 word layoff describes reductions in workforce (also known as reductions in force or RIFs) that involve eliminating employee positions.

At the University of Iowa, the term layoff applies to Merit and to Professional and Scientific (P&S) positions. (Temporary workforce reductions or mandatory unpaid leave may be colloquially referred to as "temporary layoffs." Information presented here focuses on permanent P&S layoffs.)

Layoff processes differ according to appointment type and status. This section outlines these processes. 

Merit Layoff Process

Layoffs involve permanent reductions in Merit staff positions. Review typical steps in the layoff process.

Professional and Scientific Layoff Process

Layoffs involve reductions in Professional and Scientific (P&S) staff. Review the layoff process.