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Here are procedures managers should use when employees return from seasonal layoffs. Each spring northern producers welcome employees back from winter layoffs. In other areas, large swings in construction activity often force producers to reduce staffing for short periods. These short-term layoffs can stretch from three to 15 weeks. Management can use several techniques to control the costs of these short layoffs. Proper layoff procedures, wellness plans, performance testing, and managed unemployment compensation plans provide innovative starting points. KEYWORDS: employee relations, layoff