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Sample Lay-off Letter

In this lay-off letter, employer Franco Bellini—owner of Pino's Pizzaria—writes to employee Joanne Montague advising that the company can no longer employ her.

Pino's Pizzaria
Viale Silvani
10, 2345 Bologna, Italy
Tel: 051 520799

4 November 2015

Joanne Montague
Via Belmeloro 18
40123 Bologna

Dear Ms Montague,

As you are probably aware, the recent smoking ban has had a profound impact on our business. Our sales have dropped 40 percent in the last six months. Though we do not expect this to be a long-term concern for our business, we don't expect sales to return to normal until the summer when our patio opens for the tourist season.

Due to the loss in business we regret to inform you that we are laying-off all of our hosts and hostesses for the winter and spring. With business being so slow our servers can handle the task of greeting and seating customers on their own.

You are entitled to two week's severance pay, which will be paid in full on your next paycheck. Please come in for any scheduled shifts next week.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication at Pino's Pizzaria. Please apply again for our next summer season.


Franco Bellini

Franco Bellini

Useful vocabulary: profound, impact, dropped, regret, lay-off, severance, dedication

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