The COVID-19 layoff: statutory and common law risks

The legal framework around temporary layoffs has changed during the pandemic

The COVID-19 layoff: statutory and common law risks

Background
In employment law, certain technical terms tend to be used in informal or colloquial ways. “Layoff” is a good example of such a term insofar as it is used to refer to any cessation of employment, whether temporary or permanent. However, under the law, a layoff always means a temporary pause in the employment relationship with an expectation to resume the relationship in the near future. Employment lawyer Rishi Bandhu looks at the legal requirements around layoffs and how the pandemic-related economic shutdown has changed the legal landscape around them.

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