Between the worries of global pandemics and economic recession, many workers are concerned about their jobs. The terms “layoff” and “furlough” have become part of our everyday vocabulary, and many workers are concerned about the possibility of either. Our Sacramento employment law attorneys outline the differences between a layoff and furlough and how to tell if you are at risk for either. We’ll also provide some tips on what you can do to protect yourself.
So, what is the difference between a layoff and a furlough?
A layoff occurs when an employer permanently eliminates a position or position. A layoff is sometimes referred to as a “reduction in force.” The employment relationship is permanently severed when an employer lays off an employee. The employee is not returning to work and will not be paid.
A furlough, on the other hand, is a temporary suspension of work. The employer may require the employee to take unpaid leave for a certain period of time. The employment relationship is not permanently severed, and the employee will be able to return to work once the furlough period is over.
A few key indicators will help you determine if you’re at risk for a layoff or furlough.
Though these are not sure-fire indicators, they should give you a good idea of whether you’re at risk for a layoff or furlough.
If you’re concerned about being laid off or furloughed, you can do a few things to protect yourself.
Additionally, it is recommended to consult with an experienced employment attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and provide you with the best course of action.
We encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions about layoffs, furloughs, or employment rights. Our seasoned team of employment law attorneys has helped countless workers protect their rights. We’re here to help you, too. Schedule a consultation with us today.
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