Thread regarding Halliburton Co. layoffs

Negatives for layoff volunteering

Is there any downside to volunteering for being laid off? Will you lose your severance or the ability for the state to pay for school? Risk of losing unemployment?

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN

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I volunteered for layoff in 2016. I had only been with company 12 months but that was my intention when I went to work there. Get laid off and finish my degree while getting paid. Yes, I know the TAA and TRA program very well. You will not risk losing any of those benefits for volunteering. They do not know you volunteer.

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-Awwh

If you volunteer for a lay-off you are basically quitting so be careful they can just accept your resignation and you’ll get nothing

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-cflk

You better trust your manager. Once you say your open to being laid off. You will not get any pay raise or promotions. Then, if you do get laid off you have no real bargaining power.

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-2llo

Legality: So let's say you tell your boss you want to 'be on the list'. To be 'legal' you would have to sign a document saying that you wouldn't sue them for wrongful termination later on (based on s-x, age, race, whatever). There is no way HR will do that.
So there's nothing saying that you can't volunteer. A lot of people do it. It's just that when you do it's all 'under the table'. If taken to court the company would deny any knowledge of you volunteering.

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-1qzo

Don’t say “list”. Makes HR upset!

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-1rxj

Volunteering to be laid off is same as resigning so no bs severance package and lose benefits at end of month. A lot depends on state you work in.

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-1jsa

How is it illegal? Not debating just need educating. Never heard of it being illegal.

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-1zmf

Legally, the company can't take 'volunteers' for layoff. You can tell your boss to 'put you on the list' but but legally it doesn't mean anything.

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Post ID: @11KlDXtN-1qlx

I would like to know as well!

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