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Division of Human Resources


Reduction In Force

A reduction in force, or RIF, occurs when the University has a business need to eliminate or reduce positions in a fair and equitable manner.

It's never easy for anyone to lose a job. And while managers certainly aren't exempt from reductions in force, we have the added responsibility to understand the process so that we can support our employees through this difficult transition.

Reasons for a Reduction in Force

The university may implement a reduction in force for one or more of the following four reasons:

  1. Reorganization
  2. Work shortage 
  3. Loss of funding
  4. Outsourcing/Privatization

Management Responsibility

The university will also determine the following prior to developing the reduction in force plan and, as managers, many of us may have a key role in the decision making of these items and in properly communicating the information. The items include:

  1. What is the reason(s) for the reduction in force?
  2. What area(s) of the university are to be impacted by the reduction in force [Competitive Area(s)]?
  3. What State class title(s) within the competitive area(s) are to be affected [Competitive Group(s)]?
  4. How many positions in each State class title(s) are to be eliminated?

For additional information about reduction in force, please refer to the Reduction in Force policy HR 1.45 [pdf].