Does my employer have the right to put me on an unpaid layoff?

Employers can only layoff employees if it is a term in the employment contract, or if the employee agrees to it.

Unpaid layoffs can last up to 13 weeks before employers have to recall the employee to work, or terminate the employee.

If an employee is laid off and it is not a term of the contract, then the layoff might be deemed to be a termination of employment, and you should contact an employment lawyer for advice.


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