Termination versus layoff

What's the difference?
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/26/2013

Question: What is the difference between a “termination” and a “layoff” and how can the use of these terms affect the end of an employment relationship?

Answer: A “termination” generally describes a permanent cessation of an employment relationship, while a “layoff” usually refers to a temporary interruption of employment due to lack of work, redundancy or other factors. Employees who are laid off usually have a reasonable expectation of recall, while terminated employees do not.