Layoff Rights for UPTE-CWA Represented Employees
|How to use the new right to severance pay:
You have two choices to make if you receive a notice of layoff. You can either take up to 16 weeks of severance pay and in lieu of your re-hire rights or you can receive up to 8 weeks of severance and retain your re-hire rights.
You must inform the University of your choice in writing within 14 days of receiving your layoff notice. If you do not notify them, they will assume you desire the reduced severance with re-hire rights. Your choice is irrevocable.
Below you will find a detailed description of each option and a check list of measures you should take upon receiving your layoff notice. (contact 310-443-5484 or 510-704-8783)Layoff Options
Option 1: Up to 16 weeks severance pay in lieu of re-hire rights
You will receive 1 week of severance pay for each full year of service credit up to a maximum of 16 weeks. If you work part time, you only accrue service credit at the rate equal to the percentage of your appointment, just like retirement service credit.
If you take this option and do get reemployed at the University, you will have a break in service. This means that you will lose previously accrued sick leave. This may also impact your retirement benefits if you do not retire within 120 days after your last day at work prior to the layoff. Medical coverage included in the retirement benefits are dependent on having 10 years of service prior to retirement and you may have to start accruing this again. If reemployed you will also lose your previous years of seniority if your laid off again.
If you are re-hired to a career position in a period of time shorter than the weeks that you received severance pay for, you will have to pay the "unused" severance pay at the rate of pay of your new job. You will have to work out a repayment plan before you go back to work.Option 2: Up to 8 weeks severance pay with re-hire rights
You will receive severance pay and preferential rehire and recall rights according to the following schedule:
Preferential Rehire and Recall Rights:
Recall rights commit the University to re-hire you for any active vacant career position for which you are qualified if the position is the same classification and department from which you were laid off. You must submit an application for the open position and indicate that you wish to exercise your recall rights.
Preferential rehire rights commits the University to re-hire you for an active vacant career position at the same campus, same or lower salary, same bargaining unit and same or lesser percentage of time. You can only be denied if you do not substantial meet the qualifications. The University must provide the reason for any denial of preferential rehire. You must submit an application for the open position and indicate that you wish to exercise your recall rights. If the University denies your rehire rights, immediately contact UPTE so that we can help you evaluate the legitimacy of the reason.
The University must provide you with the means to find out about active vacant career positions. Each campus has an electronic job bulletin and a posted listing for your review at the human resources office. Many campuses also have phone in job bulletins and television advertisements on UC television channels. We have attached the posting details for your campus on a separate sheet of paper.Checklist for Laid Off Employees