Why should I ask for a layoff letter?

You may want to ask for a layoff letter when you are being laid off so that you can gain access to important information about the process and prove your employment status. Even if your manager gives you the information verbally, you might be in a highly emotional state and not remember it. By getting a layoff letter, you can find out information about any severance packages that you may be entitled to. You might also be able to find out information about your health insurance plan and how to handle your retirement plan moving forward. The layoff might even be temporary, and if so, the letter may tell you when you can expect to come back to work. A layoff letter also serves as proof that you were laid off rather than fired.