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Ford VIP 2020

8/25/2020: Voluntary Incentive Program (VIP) - New

The Voluntary Incentive Program (VIP) provides a lump-sum cash severance payment and other benefits for eligible employees who elect to, and are approved to, resign from the Company under the VIP.

Key Considerations

  • To accept the VIP offer, you must electronically sign (and not revoke) a Waiver and Release Agreement during the offer window; the Company will notify you if your acceptance is confirmed.
  • If you accept the offer and the Company confirms your acceptance, your last day of employment will be December 31, 2020 (or November 30, 2020, with People Leader approval if eligibility requirements are met by that date)
  • Ford will provide information sessions for eligible employees, to learn more about career transition services, financial planning services, retirement estimates and application process, and post-retirement benefits. Registration details will be forthcoming
  • Acceptance of the VIP offer is not the same as applying for retirement; if you wish to commence retirement benefits, you must make separate application to the National Employee Services Center(NESC)


  • You are eligible for the VIP if you meet all of the following requirements:
  • You were an active full-time or TWA U.S. salaried employee at work on or after September 1, 2020, and if inactive as of September 1, 2020, returned to active status at work on or before September 30, 2020;
  • You were in a Leadership Level 3 – 6 or General Salary Roll position as of September 1, 2020, and through the date of separation; and
  • If you were hired or rehired prior to January 1, 2004, as of December 31, 2020, you had:
  • Reached age 55 and had 10 years of credited service under the Ford Motor Company General Retirement Plan (GRP); or
  • Reached age 65 and had 1 year of credited service under the GRP; or
  • Had 30 years of credited service under the GRP; or
  • If you were hired or rehired on or after January 1, 2004, as of December 31, 2020, you had:
  • Reached age 55 and had 10 years of service with the Company; or
  • Reached age 65 with 5 years of service with the Company; and
  • You are within a decisional unit that management has selected for participation in this voluntary separation program and you have not been excluded from participation due to a critical skill or talent.

The Company retains the right to determine whether to offer the VIP to any particular employee.

How will I know if I’m eligible?

  • Eligible employees will receive an email at their Ford email address on September 8, 2020, extending the opportunity to participate in the program. The email will invite you to log into the Decision Manager application to review the program materials. This includes eligible employees participating in the Enhanced Sabbatical program during the offer window.
  • If you believe you should have received an offer email, but did not receive one, contact

Benefit Overview
The VIP provides the following benefits to participants:
Severance Benefit based on your base monthly salary and years of Company service
Full Years of Service Total Benefits (Mos.)

  • 0-7: 3 months
  • 8-15: 6 months
  • 16+: 9 months
  • Career Transition / Reemployment Assistance until landing
  • Special eligibility rules if an Annual Incentive Compensation Plan (AICP) bonus or Ford Motor Credit
  • Flex Bonus Rewards (FBR) are paid for the year of separation
  • The VIP does not provide post-employment continuation of medical/dental/vision coverage or life insurance.
  • More details will be available in the program materials.

Program Materials

  • Program materials, including a detailed brochure, an electronic Waiver and Release Agreement, and a revocation form will be available in Decision Manager once the offer window opens.
  • Please do not contact PeopleFirst or any other Company representative to request program materials prior to the offer window.

Key Dates

  • September 8, 2020: Offer window opens
  • October 23, 2020: Offer window closes at 5pm ET; requests for a November 30, 2020 exit date should be submitted to your People Leader for consideration
  • Mid-November (exact date TBD): You will be notified if your acceptance has been confirmed; exit date confirmation may be provided separately
  • November 30, 2020 or December 31, 2020: participants’ last day of employment

Information for People Leaders

  • People Leaders will play an important role in successful implementation of the VIP.

Additional Resources

  • Information will be added to this section regularly; check back often for updates!
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Right Management (career transition services)

Financial Engines will sponsor webinars at the following dates/times in support of the VIP:

  • September 17, 2020 (Thursday), 11 AM ET
  • September 22, 2020 (Tuesday), 3 PM ET
  • September 24, 2020 (Thursday), 12 PM ET

The NESC will be conducting information sessions on “Leaving Ford” for both General Retirement Plan (GRP) and non-GRP participants. Watch for registration details soon!

For More Information

  • For questions related to the VIP, please contact PeopleFirst once you receive an offer.
  • For questions related to the retirement process, contact the National Employee Services Center at 1-800-248-4444 or
| 8576 views | | 9 replies (last September 2, 2020)
Post ID: @OP+16JxsCuW

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"good points (unless they plan to decrease future severance - in which case this may be a good offer)

it's all assumptions now"

Their putting a BIG rubber boot on and getting ready to do some booting.

2021 for the Detroit area is not going to be so good.

Post ID: @1zcj+16JxsCuW

@pcz good points (unless they plan to decrease future severance - in which case this may be a good offer)

it's all assumptions now

Post ID: @hfz+16JxsCuW

Post ID: @dqd+16JxsCuW

The only people who will accept that offer are those that will retire anyway, might as well not even bother offering. this is equal to the severence they pay for involuntary seperation. If you are retirement elligable this makes no sense to take unless you were retiring anyway.

Post ID: @pcz+16JxsCuW

this is a joke right? this is the same thing they give to employees when they fire them.

Post ID: @jie+16JxsCuW

Correction to the first posters - there WILL BE involuntary cuts next year. Just like in 2018/2019 - first the voluntaries (this year), next make people sweat it out for nealry 6 months in 2021 before making final "decisions" on headcount and org charts. I recall someone in late 2018 or 2019 on this very board said SRD was a mutlti-year plan - guess they were correct!

Post ID: @fwt+16JxsCuW

@OP Thanks. Everyone should plan accordingly. Even if you don't plan to take the VIP. Things to keep in mind are if Ford doesn't meet their headcount reduction, then there will (probably) be involuntary layoffs. I can't speak for the other automakers, but they very well may follow suit. I don't know how well they are doing due to C-19. We may have a giant s—ing sound of jobs disappearing in southeast Michigan.

I'm trying to be realistic about the situation (not pessimistic even though the two are often conjoined) through all this. I am the type that lives like he makes $30k a year even though I make much more than that. I expect the best but plan for the worst.

Fingers crossed.

Post ID: @vqt+16JxsCuW

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