There is no official template to use to process temporary layoffs. The employee must agree to accept a temporary layoff before you proceed. It’s recommended to speak to an employment law expert before making any official changes to ensure you are acting in the best interest of both your employees and your business.
After deciding to temporarily layoff an employee, you will need to communicate this change with them through a written letter. Within the letter, ensure the following details are present:
- Explain the reason for the temporary layoff
- Date the layoff is effective from
- Date the layoff is expected to last until
- When you expect to re-evaluate the decision
- Your plan for the phased recall of employees
- Instructions on how they can apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)