Furloughed vs. Laid Off…What’s the Difference?

Eric Mochnacz
April 8, 2020

More and more organizations are talking about furloughs and layoffs – and sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. Consultant Eric Mochnacz provided clarity to Glassdoor.

“A furlough is a temporary, mandated, unpaid leave…one in which the expectation is that the employee will be able to come back to work at some point in time. “

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Eric and other HR professionals provide further insight into navigating layoffs and furloughs – and understanding their unique differences – in this article.

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