COVID-19 Shutdowns: A Case Study

Posted by Lana Mellis on Aug 23, 2021 3:01:14 PM

TSI - 17.9M - v2

COVID-19 Shutdowns: A Case Study


The client is leading support services company with more than 100,000 employees nationwide.


In 2020, the economic crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic put the client in the position of commencing a universal shutdown of operations. The client found it necessary to carry out an immediate reduction in force across their vast employee population.


The client made the decision to utilize a SUB Plan to support its displaced workforce, working with Transition Services Inc, a 3rd party administrator of SUB Plans, to design and launch the plan in a condensed timeframe of four weeks.

During the first six months of plan operation, from July 2020 through December 2020, 5,099 furloughed and severed employees were paid through the plan.

Transition Services was responsible for processing the benefits of furloughed employees and served as the main point of contact for these individuals from the time they found out they were being laid off to the expiration of their benefit period. This included:

  • Supporting participants with claiming state Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • Tracking participants’ unemployment status and eligibility for benefits
  • Communicating directly with HR and payroll to ensure seamless processing


By utilizing a SUB Plan, the client saved $17.9 million, or 48%, in savings compared to traditional severance, while maintaining the income of the released employees during their benefit periods.


State UI Savings


FPUC Savings


Tax Savings


Duration Savings


Gross Savings


Total Benefit Cost Under SUB Plan


Cost of Standard Severance Plans                                                      


Program Cost (No Tax)


Employment Taxes


Total If Paid as Severance