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Origin of layoff
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH layofflay off, layoff
Words nearby layoff
LAYOFF VS. FURLOUGH
What’s the difference between layoff and furlough?
A layoff is usually a permanent removal from a job. A furlough is a temporary release of a worker from their job, typically with the expectation that they will be asked to return.
Both words can also be used as verbs. An organization can lay off employees or furlough them. The adjective forms are laid off and furloughed.
The word layoff is typically used in the context of a company permanently letting go workers due to economic reasons (such as not being able to afford to pay them) as opposed to performance reasons (employees let go for poor performance are typically said to have been fired).
A furlough typically involves an employer requiring an employee to stop working for a period of time during which they will not get paid—though furloughed workers sometimes keep their benefits, such as health insurance. Furloughs can happen during government shutdowns or when a company does not need certain employees for a certain period of time but expects to need them back after that period ends.
Here’s an example of layoff and furlough used correctly in a sentence.
Example: A furlough is not ideal, but at least it’s temporary—the company is doing it to avoid layoffs.
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How to use layoff in a sentence
“We started to see how women were being disproportionately affected by layoffs, furloughed and being forced out of work to take care of their kids,” she said.Why Brit + Co wants to help women create companies to grow its own consumer revenue|Kayleigh Barber|February 5, 2021|Digiday
In addition to the layoffs at Disney, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia last year, NBCUniversal plans to shut down its TV sports network NBCSN by the end of this year.Future of TV Briefing: Hollywood returns to production as stay-at-home orders, advisories lift|Tim Peterson|February 3, 2021|Digiday
Profitability may have been out of reach if it weren’t for the layoffs that these companies underwent.Media Briefing: The media industry’s top trends at the moment|Tim Peterson|January 28, 2021|Digiday
Thousands of Chase branches reduced hours in mid-March, with 1,000 closing immediately — some of which have shuttered for good since, as the bank reportedly conducted layoffs.
The ballot measure’s passage has already led to layoffs in the state, and with delivery services adding fees that they previously threatened would only happen if Prop 22 didn’t pass.
The gaming site plans to layoff 18 percent of its workforce and shut several offices.
Unemployment claims are trending down, and the number of mass layoff events is declining.Banks Are Thriving Despite Regulations Thanks to Economic Growth|Daniel Gross|May 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
You also knew the libs (including the Super PAC I advised, Priorities USA Action) would zero-in on his record as a layoff artist.
Neither presidential campaign responded to a request for comment about the layoff announcement.Lockheed Martin’s Layoff Notices: An Empty Threat?|Alex Klein|June 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Layoff seems to be the most commonly used word despite—or maybe because of—a passivity that cheats the impact of the experience.The Unemployed Finally Speak Out: D.W. Gibson’s ‘Not Working’|D.W. Gibson|June 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Come to think of it, Ernie didn't know there was going to be a layoff.
After this morning, Rogers would post him for the layoff for sure.
Show them that your layoff hasnt hurt your batting eye, Larry, sang out McRae.Baseball Joe, Home Run King|Lester Chadwick
Would he come back to the farm if this ten day layoff were extended, or would he catch a train for Chicago?Plowing On Sunday|Sterling North
British Dictionary definitions for layoff
Cultural definitions for layoff
The temporary or permanent removal of a worker from his or her job, usually because of cutbacks in production or corporate reorganization.
Idioms and Phrases with layoff
Terminate a person from employment. For example, When they lost the contract, they had to lay off a hundred workers. This expression formerly referred to temporary dismissals, as during a recession, with the idea that workers would be hired back when conditions improved, but with the tendency of businesses to downsize in the 1990s it came to mean “terminate permanently.” [First half of 1800s]
Mark off the boundaries, as in Let's lay off an area for a flower garden. [Mid-1700s]
Stop doing something, quit, as in Lay off that noise for a minute, so the baby can get to sleep, or She resolved to lay off smoking. [Early 1900s]
Stop bothering or annoying someone, as in Lay off or I'll tell the teacher. [Slang; c. 1900]
Place all or part of a bet with another bookmaker so as to reduce the risk. For example, Some bookmakers protect themselves by laying off very large bets with other bookmakers. [Mid-1900s]