Layoff - Round 2
My company is (now) a 58 person firm in Georgia. This last Monday, due to a reduction in our current and forecasted workload, laid of 10 people and has chosen not to replace an administrative staff person who is leaving today. Unless there is a substantial change in the next two months, we're likely going to need to reduce costs further from that which we were able to effect from the recent layoff, plus a salary reduction among our senior staff level people. The first round of people laid off contained some that we likely would not want to rehire, should the workload justify, but this potential next round will include staff that we would like to make a (albeit not contractual) commitment to them that we want them to return. Among the things we have looked at are requiring staff to take personal leave or an unpaid leave of absence with continuation of limited benefits; overall across the board reduction in pay; and reduction of time with equivalent reduction of pay. Are there any other options that you could suggest?
In a related matter, I was speaking with a colleague in another company within the same business, and he referred to a regulation that you could not lay off more than 1/3 of your staff within a 90-day period. His company is substantially larger than mine (+/- 300), so that may be the reason, since I'm not familiar with it.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.