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Layoff (also called redundancy in British English [1]), is when an employee does not work due to temporary or permanent suspension. There are legal differences from being fired.[2][3] The meaning of "layoff" has changed over time. It first mean that there would be a temporary interruption at places like factories. In modern times, "laying someone off" is usually permanent, although in some special cases someone can be laid off temporarily.

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  1. "British English Online Dictionary". Retrieved 25 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. "What is the Difference Between Being Fired and Laid Off?". Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  3. "Laid Off vs. Fired". 2010-11-25. Retrieved 25 December 2010. External link in |work= (help)