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(lā) [Fr. lai, L. laicus, fr Gr. laïkos, pert. to the people]
Not professionally trained in or qualified to practice any of the professions for which a higher education is required (e.g., law, medicine, clergy).
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Q. what is leukemia in lay person language, what causes it, what are the symptomes, and is it cancer

A. Leukemia is cancer of white blood cells. there are about 6-7 types of Leukemia i think...i'll have to check that one out. it basically means a white blood cell got mutated and started to multiply like crazy. causes severe problems. the types defer in which part of maturation it got cancerous. i hope i helped- if you still need more information, just ask! i'm here.

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"Hyundai's union and management refused to make any concessions on the issue of lay offs," said Mr Lee Young-shik, a supervisor at the Government's labour ministry's mediation division.
Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has announced a plan to lay off workers in New York.
Daimler's North America truck unit is planning to lay off 550 workers at its Cleveland, North Carolina, assembly plant.
22 June 2010 - Finnish software and hardware developer Elektrobit Oyj (HEL: EBG1V), or EB, said today that it will lay off about 100 domestic employees, full or part-time, for up to 90 days, starting in July - August 2010.
The survey, by the US-based Human Capital Institute of more than 300 global corporate executives, has produced advice on best and worst practice to lay off workers.
If the contract of employment does not allow for a lay off without pay and there is no custom and practice of this happening, what options does an employee who is laid off have?
Secondly, even where there is the contractual authority to lay off or put on short time there is a statutory scheme under which an employee can claim a redundancy payment.
Mr Rickard said they were forced to lay off staff due to a disastrous Spanish citrus growing season and apathy among Spanish exporters and their customers to the "cost neutral" shipping service which was aimed at taking lorries off the road and cutting down on carbon emissions.
The airline said in September, when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, that it would lay off 1,400 flight attendants and 900 were laid off that month, Bloomberg reported.
Question: Business has been a little sluggish lately, and we need to lay off a couple of people.
"Almost all companies go through a process of qualifying who to lay off because they want to minimize lawsuits," offers human resources consultant Ron Mason.
has been forced to lay off 300 of the 800 workers at its Thunder Bay Montreal Street plant, says a spokesperson with the company.