Does my boss know ahead of time when I am being laid off?

Being laid off is an extremely stressful experience, and pointing fingers and laying blame may make some laid-off employees feel better. Nevertheless, your boss is not always to blame for your being laid off. In fact, he or she may have no input whatsoever in the decision. Many decisions are made by individuals in other departments or by CEOs, boards or other managers.

Your boss may know ahead of time but may be required not to tell you for legal reasons. He or she is required to adhere to all company policies regarding confidentiality. Most managers do not want to keep important information from you.