A Reduction-In-Force (RIF) is the separation from a job, the reduction in pay, or the furlough of one or more employees as the result of a shortage of work or funds or a change in organization.
The State has a detailed RIF process for classified employees outlined in State Personnel Board Rule 478-1-.25. Although it is mandatory for classified employees, agencies may choose to use the same process for unclassified employees. The RIF Toolkit is provided to assist agencies with this process.
Before initiating any RIF involving classified employees, please submit a RIF plan to the DOAS/HRA Policy & Compliance Unit for review and approval. Approval from DOAS is not necessary when initiating a RIF that involves a separation from a job of only unclassified employees; however, DOAS will need to be notified of the number of unclassified employees and job titles affected. Furloughs involving only unclassified employees do not require DOAS approval; however, agencies are required to file the plan with DOAS.
Our staff is available for consultation on RIF planning and implementation.