The thing is that getting 50% of your pay means the business is going to balk at throwing it at anyone who doesn't actually have access to 'classified' knowledge; the sysadmin knowing the entire network, high-up managers with insight into future company plans and so on. So if you're laid off, and you get 50% of your normal pay, you probably in most cases had a job where you could put something aside, and with that 50% pay you will have a much longer time to find a different job, AND you can choose something at a low pay that isn't competing. You could manage the network of that non-profit organization you've been helping out at anyway, for one.
Having your entire pay removed, AND being told not to work with anything that Amazon might at some point in the future decide to dabble in? Yeah, welcome to unemployment.