I know the job market is not ideal right now with so many getting the boot in the tech sector, but I firmly believe that those of us who're good at what we do will have no issues finding a new job. With that in mind, getting a nice monetary send-off from HP before doing that would be even better.
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Contract workers do not normally get any severance. They usually get the standard 2 weeks notice of being WFR'd, and that is it. This is why companies like HP love to bring in CWs, they can let them go at the drop of a hat with no legal challenge of getting sued by CWs.
For FTEs, you have up to 60 days after your WFR date to find another position at HP. If you cannot find one by the 60 days, you are barred from ever being rehired by HP again. However, CWs can get rehired by HP at any time.
A friend of mine recently was WFRd by HP, and he's now trying to get rehired within that 60-day window. It's not an easy feat and unlikely to be successful, because HP will only consider you for positions at the same or higher level you were at when you got canned. I would recommend to just find another company instead, after all why bother trying to return to HP who just WFR'd you?
do contract employees get severance
Be careful what you wish for. This is a really bad time to be out of work. There are a lot of hiring freezes going on in IT right now.
I don’t think my role as an indefinite contract software developer will be impacted by the layoffs but I’m hoping it will so I can collect severance. Either way I’m already looking for another job since I’ve been here too long and am tired of being a contractor.