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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 as managers we have the added responsibility to understand the process so that we can support our employees through this difficult transition.

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

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].


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