Background Note | HBS Case Collection | March 2012

Managing the Layoff Process: The United States

by Sandra J. Sucher


This note is an overview of the context for managing layoffs in the United States. It describes the legal responsibilities of managers in conducting layoffs, recent unemployment trends, and the financial, health, training, job placement, and other benefits that laid-off employees can expect to receive.

Keywords: Job Cuts and Outsourcing; Resignation and Termination; Compensation and Benefits; Ethics; Management; Employees; Governance Compliance; United States;


Sucher, Sandra J. "Managing the Layoff Process: The United States." Harvard Business School Background Note 612-067, March 2012.