Over the last ten years, companies have been cutting jobs and laying off people to become leaner, increase the bottom line and compete in global markets. Current cuts like this haven't happened in a long time and more people than ever are claiming unemployment benefits. If you've never been laid off before, there's a lot to learn. There are also more options than ever before from contract work to starting your own business.
- Employees not covered by a contract or union Work At Will.
- Read your Employee Handbook carefully, it can help you know your rights and benefits, and may alter your "At Will" employment.
- What do Employment Contracts usually cover?
- Employment Contracts and Policies FAQs
Layoffs & Getting Fired
Each state may have its own guidelines, so please refer to these resources for more detailed information.
- If you lose your job, use this Checklist to get back on track.
- Getting the Ax can be a traumatic event. Take a deep breath and read this.
- What happens if your company is planning a merger? Protect Yourself and Your Job in a Merger.
- Does it matter if my company calls it a Reduction in Force (RIF) or Layoff?
- There have been rumors of layoffs. Can My Union Save Me?
- I've heard about the WARN Act recently. What is it?
- Since I've been out of work, I've had a hard time paying my bills. What is my Obligation to My Creditors?
- Being in the military can help you if you think you might be laid off. USERRA may help keep you from being laid off.
Unemployment, Severance and Benefits
- Severance Agreement FAQs
- What do the Details of Your Severance Agreement mean? Understand what it really says.
- Are Severance Plans automatically given just because you work somewhere?
- Learn what you need to know about Unemployment Compensation.
- COBRA FAQ
- How can COBRA Coverage help me and my family if I can't get benefits elsewhere?
- Employee Benefits FAQ
Do you have a case?
When you get laid off or fired, sometimes the first thing we think is that there is a reason you specifically were targeted and if you have a case against your former employer. Find out if your situation is one such case.
- When do you know if you have a case for Wrongful Termination
- Employees Job Termination Rights FAQ?
- What are the standard guidelines for taking time off using the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?
- Employment Discrimination FAQ
- Can you Battle Age Discrimination?
- Are there guidelines for Religious Disimination in Employment situations?
- Am I protected from being laid off if I'm Pregnant?
- Find out what Federal and State Laws apply to your Wages.
- Do you think you were fired as a Retaliatory action?
- Retaliation and Whistle Blowing FAQ
- If you think you have a case, here are some tips about Selecting an Employment Issues Attorney.
What Are Your Options?
Just because you lost your job doesn't mean you don't have options.
- How does being a Contingent Worker work?
- Being Your Own Boss: Contract Work and Freelancing could be a good option.
- What are some of the pros and cons of Consulting and Independent Contracting?
- If you're thinking about working at home, make sure you aren't taken in by any Work-at-Home Scams.
Finding a New Job
- This Job Hunting Checklistwill help you create an action plan for your search.
- Applying for a Job FAQ
- Thinking about Padding Your Resume? Think again.
- Use common sense when using Job Search Companies during your new search.
- This overview of the Job Interviewing? process can help make them less painful.
- Interview Questions about Personal Matters FAQs
- Just because a question has been asked doesn't mean you have to answer it. Know What Questions Can and Cant Be Asked..
- What Job References can a former employer give or not give?
- Don't let a Background Check during a job search keep you from getting your dream job.
- Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing: What are your rights?
Start a New Job
You've gone through the interview process and received an offer. Start off on the right foot with your new employer.
- Use this Starting a New Job Checklist to gain an edge on your first day.
- Can a Probationary Period last as long as the employer wants it to?
- Know if you're eligible for Meals and Rest Periods at Work.
- Your Health Insurance and Other Routine Wage Deductions know about.
- What are the Basic Laws regarding Wages and Overtime?