Define “Terminated” versus “Laid off” for employees whose job function has been eliminated.

Some state agencies and companies view the term “Terminated” as meaning “fired for misconduct”. Other organizations have a much simpler meaning – “Terminated” means “no longer working for the company” without any additional implication. It is safer (from the employee’s point of view) that a person whose job is no longer available be called “laid off” instead of “terminated”.


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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.
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