Under Federal law is a company legally required to rehire a laid-off employee?

There is no Federal requirement that a laid-off employee be rehired. Even if the previously held position comes open again the laid-off employee does not have to be rehired. A new employee can be hired to fill the position. The laid-off employee can be hired back to a lower paying position or not rehired at all. There are no restrictions.

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A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
The questions and answers presented here are based on research and data from internet sources and should not be considered the final word.

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