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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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For some people, being laid off at the age of 50 can be considered 'game over.' It is difficult to start over again, especially in this digital age where the younger millennial generation appears to have the advantage over the experienced yet not as tech-savvy middle-aged people like Tom and Albert.
Amy Carioscia, who will be laid off from her juvenile probation position, pleaded with commissioners to find another way to balance the budget.
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 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.
Women, said Mahjub, comprise about two-thirds of those laid off.
Mr Jones alleged that he had been laid off because of his health and safety complaints.
The company said 200 employees were laid off, adding 100 of the laid-off employees have appealed the decision at an internal appeals committee and 11 were reinstated.
An employee will be laid off for a particular week if he/she gets no pay of any kind for that week because his/her employer does not provide him/her with the kind of work he/she is employed to do.
The maximum length of the subsidy was extended from 9 to 15 months, and eligibility was expanded to include workers laid off through the end of February.
SIX workers have been laid off as their scaffolding firm grapples with the recession and bad weather hitting orders.
Almost half of the affected employees will be covered with pension arrangements and 32 will be laid off. The reductions will commence immediately.
The Beirut influential daily An-Nahar newspaper has laid off over 55 employees, including editors, journalists, photographers and administrators, seeking to lower labor costs and to modernize its editorial body.