Temporary Layoff Letter

Temporary Layoff Letter

August 15th, 2020

As opposed to a standard layoff letter, a temporary layoff letter should indicate the exact or approximate date the employee will be required to return to work. The letter should also include information about layoff benefits and the contact details of someone who can provide them with more information on layoff procedures.

If you need layoff letters specific to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, you can find them here.

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[Company Name]
[Street Address]
[City, ST ZIP Code]

Dear [employee name]

I regret to inform you that due to [insert reason for temporary layoff], it has become necessary for the company to temporarily reduce its workforce.

You will be temporarily laid off effective from the [insert date], with an expected return to work date of [insert date]. If this date changes, you will be given 14-days written notice.

You will receive certain layoff benefits which are listed below:

  • [List benefits]

Thank you for your continued contributions to the company. If you have any further questions about your rights and layoff benefits, please get in contact with [contact name and details].


[Your Name]


What is being done for small businesses affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Governments worldwide are working on emergency relief packages to help companies continue to operate and get through these times. Here are some resources you'll want to review.

In the United States:

In Canada:

In Australia:

In the UK:


Should companies do temporary layoffs?

In response to an event or situation that is expected to pass, it may make sense to lay employees off temporarily, to make starting up again easier.