STATE OF NEVADA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do layoffs occur?
Sometimes it becomes necessary for
a State agency to reduce the size of its workforce. Whenever possible this is
accomplished through normal attrition by not filing particular vacancies when
they occur. However there are times when this is not enough and layoffs become
necessary. The most common reasons for layoffs include:
of a position
changes in duties or the organization
being restored - promoted employee or military employee returning from
How are positions identified for layoff?
implementing a layoff, agencies conduct workforce planning processes. The Department Director or Administrator
shall determine which areas will be affected based on the following criteria:
Class and applicable option
Full or part-time positions
3 How does the Department Director or
Administrator consider the order in which an employee is laid off?
Non-permanent employees must be laid off
in the following order:
reductions are necessary, permanent employees must be laid off on the basis of
4 What are the options for permanent employees
that may be laid off?
In lieu of being laid off, a permanent
employee may choose one of the following three options:
transfer statewide within his/her department, class and option into a position held
by an employee with the least amount of seniority
be given the opportunity to voluntary demote (bump) to another position of the
next lower level classes in his/her current class series within the department
and geographical location where employed.
Layoff and displacement are departmental
An employee cannot displace an employee in
An employee in a higher class may not displace
an employee in a lower class who has more seniority
Employee must meet minimum qualifications for
the class and option
Always a downward movement
Full-time and part-time must be treated
there is no one with less seniority in the current class series, an employee
may move back into his/her most recent former class
5 How is my salary affected if I accept a
lower grade position?
a lower level position is accepted, there will be no wages lost if your current
salary falls within the same range of the lower grade. If not, your salary will be placed at the
highest step in the lower grade with the exception of when funding limits the
ability to do so pursuant to 284.170 (c)
6 What information is included in a layoff
A layoff notice must include transfer or
displacement (bumping) options for
transfer within your department
demotion to another position within the department and geographical location
back to most recent former class
7 How much notice of layoff will I get?
employees must be given minimum of 30 days written notice
8 How is seniority determined?
is determined by total continuous classified time
9 What happens after I receive a layoff
You will have 3
working days to advise your agency of the option you choose (i.e. transfer,
voluntary demotion or move back to former class).
10 What is a Reemployment 1 list?
When the Department of Personnel receives a copy
of an official layoff notice from a State agency, including seniority
calculation, the employee is immediately placed on a “Reemployment 1” list for
the class and option of layoff. This
list contains the names of individuals that have been laid off for a
class. The Department of Personnel places
the employees on the list in order of seniority.
11 What is a Reemployment 2 list?
When an employee receives a layoff notice, it is his/her responsibility to indicate to the
Department of Personnel what additional classes are of interest, at or below
the grade level of layoff. The employee provides an updated application and
completes a Reemployment Job Development form, which is evaluated for minimum
qualifications to be placed on the appropriate Reemployment 2 lists.
contain the names of laid off employees who meet the minimum
qualifications for the classes they include in their Reemployment Job Development
Form beyond the class occupied when laid off.
Reemployment 2 lists abide by the following
Employees must complete a Reemployment Job
Development Form indicating which other classes they believe they are qualified
for and locations willing to work to be added to the Reemployment 2 list.
Classes must be at or below the grade level at
the time of layoff
Employees must complete State application
Employees can add to the request list for 30
days after layoff date
Department of Personnel evaluates qualifications
for each requested class
Employees are placed in order of seniority on
the lists for which they meet the minimum qualifications
Fiscal classes require as part of meeting MQ’s
that applicant take and pass a written exam
Employee’s name will remain on list for 1 year
after the layoff date
happens when an agency requests a hiring list or requests a recruitment?
Before an agency
submits a recruitment request they need to contact Department of Personnel to
see if there are any layoffs for the class. The Department of Personnel checks
for an existing reemployment list for the class. If a reemployment list exists
of Personnel provides it to the hiring agency
has priority over other types of eligible lists
of laid off employees will appear in order of seniority
off employees must be hired in the order on which they appear on list
13 How long do I
have to accept or refuse a position?
accept or refuse a position within
days after postmark
days after electronic mail sent
days after a voice mail
hours after hand-delivered inquiry or oral inquiry with the reemployment
14 How long will I
stay on a reemployment list?
Each person on the list retains reemployment
rights for 1 year after the layoff date.
Reemployment rights are exhausted (removed from all lists) when a person
accepts or declines an offer of employment in the layoff class or in a
comparable class or in a comparable class with the same grade in the department
and geographical location of the layoff (any exception to this provision must
be approved by the Department of Personnel).
person accepts a position at a grade lower
than that held at the time of layoff, the name will be removed from all
reemployment lists that are equal to or below the grade accepted.
15 Do employees who
are reemployed serve a new probationary period?
It depends on the terms of reemployment. Employees
must adhere to the following guidelines:
permanent employee who has been laid off and is being reemployed in the
department, class, and option from which laid off must have permanent status
permanent employee who is reemployed in a different class or in a different
department must serve a new probationary period
an employee does not complete the probationary period, that employee’s name
must be restored to the appropriate reemployment list for any part of the year
remaining following the layoff date
16 What happens after an employee’s layoff
authority may reinstate a former permanent employee within a 2-year period
following termination from state employment if the employee was separated
without prejudice. The following parameters are followed:
The grade of the class to which a person is reinstated
may not exceed the current grade of the class formerly held or a comparable
class if that class has been reallocated
A person may not be reinstated to underfill a
position allocated at grade 30 or higher if that position is allocated at a
higher grade than the position the person formerly held
to state service includes restoration of some fringe benefits (see FAQ #17).
17 What happens to my
benefits if I am laid off?
There are a variety of impacts a layoff can have
upon benefits. Please see details below for each type of benefit:
separation annual leave will be paid. May be bought back at rehire rate upon
separation compensatory time will be paid
employed with 10 or more years, you will be paid for unused sick leave per
NRS 284.355. If re-employed within one year from layoff date, unused sick
leave remaining at time of layoff is reinstated
rehired within 1 year, you will be eligible for the longevity pay you would
have earned if you had not been laid off per NAC 284.282
PERS at 775-687-4200
(North) or 702-486-3900
(South) for more information
Health Insurance and Pre-paid Child/Health Care
expires at the end of last month worked. Upon termination PEBP will send
information regarding a conversion policy (COBRA) You may contact PEBP at 775-684-7000 or (800) 326-5496
for more information
with administrator of your plan for details
amount less than a full bond will be refunded by your payroll center
are filed with the Employment Security Division by calling (775) 684-0350 (North), (702) 486-0350 (South), or (888) 890-8211 (from out of state). E-mail address is
18. Where can I get
additional information on layoffs?
Additional information regarding layoffs can be found in the following
sections of NAC 284
284.170 Initial rate of pay; effect of promotion, demotion, transfer,
reappointment or reemployment; minimum step for continuous employee; rate of
pay for nonclassified or unclassified employee appointed to classified
284.373 Inquiry of availability of eligible
284.386 Reinstatement of former permanent
284.614 Layoffs: Procedure.
284.618 Layoffs: Voluntary demotions.
284.626 Layoffs: Notice.
284.630 Layoffs: Reemployment