I heard that five people are going to be laid off next month.
Lay sb off: dismiss temporarily, generally because of lack of work解雇(临时性的)
If business continues to be slow, we may have to lay off ten people.
Bill hasn't lost his job. His firm laid him off for two weeks.
The work there was seasonal, and there was a great deal of hardship among the employees when they were laid off each winter.