I had to layoff an employee because of lack of work. It was very tough because the employee is also a friend. The employee was very good about it and didn’t get upset. He said that he saw it coming because there wasn’t enough work to stay busy all of the time. It is tough to work with someone for years without developing some kind of relationship. He was a good worker and he went out of his way to work weekends if needed. The reality is though that the work wasn’t there to support him. I told him that if he filed unemployment I wouldn’t protest it, and I told him it was a good idea. Most of the employees live paycheck to paycheck so it is especially hard on him as he didn’t have any money set aside for a rainy day. I try to talk to the employees about having some money set aside, but everyone seems to spend every dollar they get without thinking of the future. Have you had to lay anyone off or have you been laid off?
Update: I received the unemployment paperwork for the employee. The paperwork is pretty self explanatory, it asks the last day the employee worked. It also asks if there is any vacation of sick time that the employee is entitled to. The one thing about the form that gets me though is that if you want to protest you need to sign the back and send it in, but if you don’t want to protest it at the very bottom of the first page it says you don’t have to do anything. I didn’t want to protest the unemployment and I looked over the paperwork 3 times to see what I had to do and I finally noticed the last line. They could have made that line more blatant.