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Pink Slip Definition


Pink Slip Definition

Pink Slip

Copyright Cat London
Definition: Pink slip is the symbolic name of the notice an employee receives when he or she is laid off or terminated from employment.

Pink slip is an interesting term and I tried to research where it came from. I had thought maybe layoff notifications in the days of paper were pink, but it appears that there isn't a definitive answer as to the origin of the term, other than it's been used as long as anyone can remember.

Getting a layoff notice is colorfully described in other countries, too. According to Snopes, in Germany, it's a blue letter and the French military sent a yellow paper.

Synonyms: lay-off notice, termination notice

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