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Saturday, April 19, 2008

WARN act notice

Anonymous said:

Just received my WARN Acts notice. The last paragraph claims that a list of internal and external resources is attached.

My letter had no attachments, so I doubt any did.

HR needs to send that list in a separate letter; then layoff all responsble.


Anonymous said...

April 17, 2008

Dear (employee name withheld)

This letter serves to notify you that Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC plans to implement a reduction in force among career indefinite employees. This notice is required under the Federal and State WARN Acts (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act and California Labor Code, Section 1400, et seq.) requiring at least 60 days notice if there is a reasonable possibility that more that 50 employees may be released within a 30-day period. All career indefinite employees who were not specifically excluded by the voluntary self selection option program (VSSOP) may be subject to a lay off.

The Laboratory must release up to 750 career indefinite employees to meet the anticipated budget shortfalls. Under the VSSOP 215 employees have separated from the Laboratory. The Laboratory has determined that an additional 535 employees out of an eligible population of approximately 3,200 will be subject to involuntary reductions. As an indefinite career employee who was not excluded under the VSSOP, you may be impacted by this planned reduction.

If you are actually released, you will be receiving a separate notification from Strategic Human Capitol Management in accordance with Laboratory policy. Notices will be provided to the non-200 series employees and 200 series employees with less than ten years seniority on May 22, 2008. Notices to 200 series employees with more than ten years seniority will be provided on May 23, 2008. Your actual release date, or pay in lieu of notice, will be provided in the separate communication.

Employees are entitled to 60 days notice under the WARN Act but the first date of the expected layoff is May 22, 2008 which will apply to non-200 series employees and 200 series employees with less than ten years seniority. Those employees will receive 30 days WARN notice and 30 days pay in lieu of notice which will satisfy the 60-day notice requirement.

If you are a 200-series employee with more than ten years seniority your last day will be 60, 90, or 120 calendar days from the date of the notice (July 22nd, August 21st, or September 22nd), depending on your seniority. Starting on Friday, April 18th, 2008 you may view your seniority as well as your potential release date in the event that you are selected for layoff on LAPIS. Any questions concerning your seniority or release date may be directed to HR Calculation Unit at

Applicable notice policies can be viewed on

We expect to complete these reductions by September 22, 2008, (120 days after specific notice), and this will be a permanent release. Affected employees will not have the right to “bump” employees in other classifications who have less seniority. At the present time, we are determining the job classifications and number of employees within each classification who will be affected.

Attached is a list of internal and external resources you may find helpful***. All of these resources are currently available to you. We truly regret this workforce restructuring is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Perko, Staff Relations, at (925) 422-9501.


Tamara E. Jernigan
Associate Director
Strategic Human Capitol Management


Anonymous said...

...........oh, and have a nice weekend!!!.

-LLNS Management

Anonymous said...

if you bother to read the warn act at the state of california web page you will notice a statement saying that a raiped response team from EDD should be on hand to help you fill out your unemployement papers; on the last layoff old perko did not bother to have the team on hand so i bet this time it will be the same bs! you are basically on your own. and for the list of external and internal resources they blow!!! here are few resources: security clearence .com, monster .com and usa jobs .com good luck and gods speed

Anonymous said...

No attachments on my spouse's or my notice either.

Anonymous said...

it's a cruel joke. What they mean in an offhanded way is there are NO resources available.

It could be they just forgot to include the list which would underscore how screwed up management really is.

Anonymous said...

The Warn Act states it is meant for a person "who may reasonably be expected to experience an employment loss". Since it is a mass mailing and does not specifically say that the employee WILL be targeted (it says "you may be impacted"), this letter does not meet the requirements of the Warn Act.

The Warn Act was designed to give specific notice to the employee and their family, and this letter clearly does not do thatr.

Anonymous said...

Maybe everyone that did get the notice is in fact leaving between May 19th and Sept 29th and LLNS just didn't have the gonads to tell all of you in fear of a riot. They are still giving you HOPE so as to acquire as much work out of you as possible until the hatchet falls and then you'll have about 2 hours on the property. Do you trust them is the question.

Anonymous said...

Everyone needs to call the number and ask for the list of resources that were not attached!

Anonymous said...

Read the newspaper. Every week some 350,000 new people get laid off and file for unemployment benefits.

Do you really think that in the big picture a few hundred from LLNL is something to get excited about?

Anonymous said...

Yes, because it's all about you and no one else. Do what you have to do to get what you are entitled to. Hundred of thousands of illegals do it all day long and never contributed a dime. Your SS is next to be drawn upon by those people too.

Anonymous said...

"Do you really think that in the big picture a few hundred from LLNL is something to get excited about?"

Very astute. LLNL is small potatoes. That's why it's distressing to read what some people have written to this blog. They honestly think this place is that important. The lab is narrowing it's focus on it's original mission which would be weapons work. If you aren't doing weapons work you should get your resume together.

Anonymous said...

April 20, 2008 4:56 PM

Yep, and that's why we are losing jobs but on the other hand why are all the wepons people being protected in NIF abnd now that they've been sent bad they are still protected. Could it be hopes that we'll get RRW. I hope they are smart enough not to give us a dime and those people, all of them get canned. They deserve it.

Anonymous said...

The NIFties were excluded from the VSSOP; therefore they cannot be part of the ISP, even if they are no longer in NIF.

The decision to exclude all NIFties was dumb, but they were excluded, so they get a pass on this one.

Their being returned to matrix organizations has created problems. If they were not excluded, some of them would certainly be part of the 535 to go.

Anonymous said...

"The decision to exclude all NIFties was dumb, but they were excluded, so they get a pass on this one."

And there are some that still believe EM is an astute leader?????

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