Notice of Layoff

The all too familiar Notice of Layoff can be a heartbreaking letter to send (not to mention write), especially when the motive is financially based and 

not performance based.

We all have good employees and hate to lose them, but it’s inevitable when a business declines and it is necessary to cut costs.  

Sending this apologetic letter is the way to go when you have no choice, but to implement layoffs.

Remind them how much you have appreciated their work while also wishing them the best in their future endeavors. 

You can include any applicable severance information as well as contact information for the Manager or HR Representative handling their paperwork.

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Dear __________, 


We had been hoping that during this difficult period of reorganization we could keep all of our employees with the company. 

Unfortunately, this is not the case. 

It is with regret, therefore, that we must inform you that we will be unable to utilize your services after [date]. 

We have been pleased with the qualities you have exhibited during your tenure of employment with us, and will be sorry to lose you as an employee of the company.

Please accept our best wishes for your future.


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