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COBRA: The 21 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Sklover Working Wisdom

ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES*: We are frequently asked questions about COBRA, the federal workplace law that is probably utilized by more employees than any other. To assist people in this regard, we’ve put together a list of the 21 Most Frequently Asked Questions about COBRA, along with their answers. Question 2: What does COBRA do?

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6 Ways to Catapult Your Job Search After a Layoff

The Undercover Recruiter

If there’s one lesson the recession has made painfully clear, it’s that no one is immune from layoffs. The worst part? Apply for unemployment.

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Surviving and Thriving Through a Layoff

Executive Career Brand

Some of my clients who are layoff casualties (or about to be) saw the writing on the wall and began preparing in advance. Welcome!

Cancer and Layoffs

Evil HR Lady

I know you are not an employment law specialist, but what advice can you offer an HR Manager who wants to help this employee get safely through treatment without having the added stress of paying for COBRA and finding a new job, thereby keeping my firm's name from potentially ending up in the news with some very bad PR? Bad year). Blech.

Cancer and Layoffs

Evil HR Lady

I know you are not an employment law specialist, but what advice can you offer an HR Manager who wants to help this employee get safely through treatment without having the added stress of paying for COBRA and finding a new job, thereby keeping my firm's name from potentially ending up in the news with some very bad PR? Bad year). Blech.

HR Doesn’t Stand for Headcount Reduction

Blogging4jobs

Late last week I read an interesting comment on a fellow HR Blogger, Charlie Judy’s blog. In short, the commenter is absolutely mistaken.

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update from the reader wondering how to avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks

Ask A Manager

When layoffs were announced a week later, I was an obvious candidate. I have an emergency fund, reasonably-priced COBRA payments (from the previous job) and no debt so it didn’t phase me one bit. Initially they asked me to extend my contract and keep thinking about it instead of saying no. ” Seriously? It’s 5:30!!

Your job skills and talent are not enough for employment security

Cube Rules

Think you have financial security for a layoff? Layoffs are stabilizing and some hiring is starting to take place. Not true.

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For job security, save one month’s salary

Cube Rules

You’ll never remove the risk of a layoff. Figure out your take home pay, add in a good chunk more for a COBRA payment to maintain health care and then figure out how much to save monthly between now and the end of the year to get one month’s take-home pay in the bank. One year’s take home pay in the bank. No, savings.

“What should I ask for regarding severance?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

v) Is there any chance you have been chosen for layoff because you objected to wrongdoing, dishonesty, impropriety or illegality, and then been retaliated against by your termination? Question: I am a Director of Clinical Research at a start-up medical device company making a very healthy salary. I was offered 8 weeks severance. Mindy.

“My husband was fired – falsely – for theft. Should he consult an attorney?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

In general, there are three main ways to lose a job: (i) bad performance, (ii) layoff or position elimination, or (iii) misconduct. Question: My husband has worked for his employer for 15+ years, progressively in management roles but in an at-will arrangement. He never had any negative reviews and was recently promoted in June. Annie.

what should a resignation letter say? — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

And being unemployed for months with no decent prospects, a growing gap in my resume, dwindling savings and $600 COBRA payments? Good luck!