Harvard is a dynamic organization that must constantly change to remain one of the world's preeminent centers for education and research. The addition of new programs and elimination or restructuring of others, as well as changes in national and regional economies and external funding policies, are among the factors that lead to change. Such changes are essential to the vitality of any institution, but they can create anxiety for employees, particularly when they lead to the elimination of jobs. Layoff is never appropriate as a substitute for management efforts to address performance issues. When layoffs are necessary, however, the University will provide assistance to laid-off exempt employees and overtime-eligible non-bargaining unit employees as described below.

Last updated: 02/11/2009