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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. Here’s a summary of the COBRA basics you ought to know. Some of your rights may surprise you: Question 1: What is COBRA continuation health coverage?

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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. Here are six tips to get over a layoff and back on the job: 1. It takes more than luck to overcome a recent layoff.

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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. A good starting point is my post over at Executive Resume Branding, 9 Ways To Move Forward After a Layoff.

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? Not that layoffs are ever pleasant, but this one is particularly rotten. As if layoffs don't cause their own morale problems.)

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? Not that layoffs are ever pleasant, but this one is particularly rotten. As if layoffs don't cause their own morale problems.)

HR Doesn’t Stand for Headcount Reduction

Blogging4jobs

Headcount decisions, layoffs, corporate resizing , and downsizing are things that in most cases middle management human resources really has no involvement in. Late last week I read an interesting comment on a fellow HR Blogger, Charlie Judy’s blog.

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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. Back in February, a reader wrote in wondering how to avoid inadvertently accepting a job that would expect him to work ridiculously long hours. Here the update: The contract-to-hire job I was working at the time of my email ended abruptly when I turned down the offer to go full-time.

Your job skills and talent are not enough for employment security

Cube Rules

Think you have financial security for a layoff? Try practicing laid off in your household: figure your unemployment income, COBRA costs, your normal expenses and figure out how long you can live on that without touching your IRA.

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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. You know what the best defense is for the risk of getting laid off? One year’s take home pay in the bank. Job security is a myth.

“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 have had excellent performance reviews and no problems.

“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. Of the three, misconduct is the most damaging, because it ends up denying the employee (a) unemployment insurance benefits, (b) severance, (c) rights under the federal COBRA law, and (d) an explanation for job loss that permits a reasonable hope and expectation of rehire. .

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? About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager what should a resignation letter say?