What's the difference between laid off and furloughed?
Laid off means you don't have a job anymore. A furlough is a temporary, albeit it might be a long term, absence.
While laid-off workers are sometimes rehired, the term usually refers to a permanent break in employment. A furlough, is typically for a shorter, fixed period of time. Workers are told to stop coming in to work or that their hours will be cut back.
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