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Lay Off

To terminate employees because the company is not making sufficient profits to pay them or to sustainably keep them on staff. While a lay off could affect one employee, the term usually refers to a group of employees that are let go because of budget cuts, restructuring, or other, similar situations. If and when the company returns to its previous profitability, it may hire back those employees who were laid off. Often, the company offers a severance or other final compensation to laid off employees.
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the termination of an employee's employment with an organization due to reduced demand for the goods or services produced by the organization. Lay-offs may be temporary, in which case employees will be re-employed when demand increases again, or permanent.


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