Fired, Downsized, or Laid Off: What Your Employer Doesn't Want You to Know About How to Fight Back
All the legal facts, negotiating strategies, and coping tips anyone just dismissed from a job needs from an expert on employment law.
Job security has disappeared. Even in good times, people get the pink slip whenever cutting staff appears to be in the best interest of the company or those who run it. These days, everyone must be prepared to negotiate severance almost instantly.
Alan Sklover, an attorney with over 25 years of experience handling severance negotiation for employees, provides an insider's guide to the best approaches to getting a favorable settlement. With its wealth of information, easy-to-read style, and short chapter format, Fired, Downsized, or Laid Off has become the standard text for anyone who wants to know:
o What do standard severance packages include? o Tips to keep self-esteem high and stress low through severance negotiations o How to customize a severance package o When to hire an attorney and how to use their services wisely o How to turn job loss into an opportunity for a new career path, self-employment or early retirement
In these uncertain times, no employee will want to be without this book.
A Great Resource Book
By "email@example.com" - October 16, 2000
Written in plain English. Deals with the legal basics, emotional scars, and what's reasonable to ask for. Even has a list of 101 things to possibly ask for. I needed these things very much, and found them in this book. Provides a good insight, too, into what negotiating with your ex-boss, and Human Resources, is all about. I never realized that they wanted something from me even more than I needed the extra severance from them! This book is highly motivating, too. I recommend it for anyone.
A Great Source of Empowerment
By A Customer - June 14, 2000
As a hospital staff employee with job security concerns, I read Mr. Sklover's book after it was recommended to me by a nurse. I would recommend it to others, at all levels, without question. In this book Mr. Sklover provides a clear and concise guide to help anyone develop a proactive stance in severence negotioation, and makes it so abundantly clear that anyone can do this sort of negotiating for him- or herself. The format is consumer friendly, and the book prepares the reader for the relevant issues, whether or not advance notice of job loss has been already provided or, as in my case, if you're just concerned that "notice" may be given to you in the future. This book provided me with a sense that I can cope with this terrible experience I'm facing and that I might even be able to "turn the tables" around. Mr. Sklover reminds us that we must combine our internal and external lives to produce powerful change. The book is a real motivator, because... read more
Practical guide to losing your job
By Barbara Kolsun - January 20, 2000
I am in-house counsel to a major corporation and have had a great deal of experience with downsizing and termination and found this book to be a treasure-house of good advice on negotiating severance packages. The writer, a well-known severance lawyer who has represented many employees, presents a practical, sensible approach to negotiating the best severance package possible. He is a proponant of civilized negotiation as compared with testosterone-driven war-mode litigation and his advice is sound. Unlike many lawyers, he addresses the emotional side of losing a job and has many good suggestions for dealing with hurt pride before going to the negotiation table. In addition, he does not propose running to a lawyer on the day or termination. Rather, the book could be used by an employee to assist in negotiating his/her own package. The book is easy to read, written in plain English, and well organized. The index contains invaluable forms for severance agreements and... read more
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