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After being laid off, my job was posted: Does my company have to rehire me? Ask HR

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Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Unless you have a signed contract, organizations are not required to rehire laid-off workers, Johnny C. Taylor advises.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., a human resources expert, is tackling your questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society.

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

Have a question? Do you have an HR or work-related question you’d like me to answer? Submit it here.

Question: I was let go last year due to COVID-19 after almost 29 years at my company for “financial reasons.” I recently saw a position posting to the general public for the same job. Is there a reason why my company wouldn’t call me back?  And if I do apply and am not selected for whatever reason, is there an issue here that I can explore with the HR department of the company or even legal counsel? – Noel C.

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