To/MS: All Employees
From/MS: Michael R. Anastasio, A100
Date: December 4, 2007
SUBJECT: Workforce Restructuring Update Regarding New Mexico Unemployment
As the self-selection period draws to a close on Thursday, December 6, I wanted to update you and express my appreciation for your positive engagement in this process.
Since the announcement of the Self-Selection Program (SSP), we have received a number of questions about the eligibility of SSP participants for New Mexico Unemployment benefits. The State of New Mexico has confirmed that those who separate from the Lab voluntarily in Phase I will be eligible for up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. We’re all grateful to Governor Richardson, Speaker Lujan, Secretary Sparrow, and Secretary Mondragon for making that happen. You can read the press release regarding this issue at the following link, http://www.workinnewmexico.gov
As of this writing we have had more than 320 applications. This is the best and only SSP package the Lab is going to offer, and a lot of employees are taking a serious look at it.
We have witnessed an extraordinary level of engagement, reflected by the number and quality of questions about the SSP and a tremendous effort by Human Resources staff and senior managers throughout the Laboratory.
Should you have questions regarding the SSP, please contact your line manager, or the Human Resources division. The http://int.lanl.gov/orgs/hr