Recall Law and Legal Definition

Recall, in the employment context, refers to the process of bringing laid-off employees back to work. A recall may be conducted by according to the same principles that governed order of layoff in reverse order (for example, last worker laid off is first to be recalled).

Recall is a procedure that allows citizens to remove and replace a public official before the end of a term of office. Historically, recall has been used most frequently at the local level. By some estimates, three-fourths of recall elections are at the city council or school board level. Recall differs from another method for removing officials from office - impeachment - in that it is a political device while impeachment is a legal process. Impeachment requires the House to bring specific charges and the Senate to act as a jury. In most of the states that allow recall, specific grounds are not required, and the recall of a state official is by an election.