I think you're getting the cart before the horse with all this worrying. First, they will probably have you fill out some employee paperwork on your first day - emergency contact info, an I-9 form, etc and they will likely ask for your SS card and ID at this time because they have to verify it on their part of the I-9 form anyway - so be sure to take your ID & SS card with you when you report to work. It is not unusual for the one who interviews and hires you not to be the one who completes this paperwork. Second, many plants close down at least part of the month of December and lay off all or most of their employees and start back up again after the holidays. They do this for several reasons - one to give their employees the holidays off but since they can't afford to give everyone a paid vacation at the same time, they close down and let them draw unemployment for a week or two or whatever. Another reason is that most plants have some serious inventory to do at the end of the year and they cannot get an accurate count if the plant is up and running so they close it down and have a skeleton crew of veteran employees do the inventory - this can take days or weeks depending upon the plant. If you know anyone who has worked at the plant for a while ask them if this is how they did things at the end of the year in previous years. If you don't know anyone who works there, you might ask someone in a neighboring business - say a nearby convenience store - if they know whether it is standard practice for this plant to close during the month of December or not. That might help put your mind at ease a little. And as for the plant being deserted when the photos were taken on the 2nd - does the plant even operate on Sundays? My guess is that they don't. My suggestion to you is to take the job and the layoff and expect to be called back in January. There are no guarantees with anyone regarding employment with our economy right now - any business could end up closing their doors, but it does seem to me that this might be standard practice for this plant so try not to worry about it so much. Also, if you had a job until recently, you might be eligible for unemployment benefits during December too. You wouldn't draw off your 2 weeks of work with this company like the other employees who will be laid off. You would draw off your work with previous employers - likely those you worked for between Oct of last year and Sep of this year. In most states, if you worked during 2 of those 4 quarters then you are eligible when you get laid off at your new job - even if it is only 2 weeks after you start. Be sure to check it out with your local employment office. Depending on your recent work history, it might not be a lot of money each week but will help you hang on until you are recalled in January.