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Nonprofessional, such as a lay witness who is not a recognized expert in the area that is the subject of the person's testimony. That which relates to persons or entities not clerical or ecclesiastical; a person not in ecclesiastical orders. To present the formal declarations by the parties of their respective claims and defenses in pleadings. A share of the profits of a fishing or Whaling voyage, allotted to the officers and seamen, in the nature of wages.

See: deposit, place, profane, rest

LAY, English law. That which relates to persons or things not ecclesiastical. In the United States the people are not, by law, divided, as in England, into ecclesiastical and lay. The law makes no distinction between them.

TO LAY, pleading. To state or to allege. The place from whence a jury are to be summoned, is called the venue, and the allegation in the declaration, of the place where the jury is to be summoned, is in technical language, said to lay the venue. 3 Steph. Com. 574; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2826.

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The current 8% of employees who say it is "very" or "fairly" likely they will be laid off this year is down seven points from one year ago.
He also said that the committee in charge of studying the problem of laid off workers at the time of the global economic crisis found that the number of Kuwaiti citizens working for the private sector, ostensibly affected by the crisis, was not as high as once thought.
He added that the number of the laid off workers after the global crisis was almost the same as before the crisis, and chided those, among them some government agencies, who inflated that number unwittingly.
Women, said Mahjub, comprise about two-thirds of those laid off.
The firm opposed the compensation claim and denied Mr Jones had been laid off because of his complaints.
If an employer does not have enough work to enable him/her to employ all of part of his/her workforce force for a temporary period, he/she might tell them they are being suspended or laid off.
He said: "We have laid off six out of 34 staff, about 15%.
The members of staff to be temporarily laid off, and the duration and timing of these lay-offs will depend on the workload.
The Times said it laid off 100 workers and is cutting nonunion salaries.
In her opinion, employees being laid off should be advised in one-on-one meetings in a private place.
Now, eligible workers who have been laid off during the specified time period will pay only 35 percent of the premium, for up to nine months.
THREE-QUARTERS of staff at a new pounds 6m fresh produce terminal in Seaforth have been laid off.