Question: Is it legal for an employer to lay off employees, and then a few months later hire new employees in their place, without offering the positions back to the ones that were laid off?

Chris
Dalton, Georgia

Answer: Yes, it is legal, unless the employer had signed a contract – union or personal – that would forbid that. I have never heard of any law anywhere – at least in the United States – that would require those laid off to be given a “first-right” to jobs later filled.

Sorry I didn’t have better news for you, but that’s the way it is.

Best, Al Sklover

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