Okay, I'm going to explain how Unemployment Tips got it's start.
It's hard to believe, but a little over nine years has passed since the first bout of unemployment hit me.
One day in 2006, while laying on my couch recovering from surgery and out on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), I had to struggle like a bug, flipped on it's back, to get up and answer the phone ..
After I said hello, it was explained I would be laid off on my return to work date (RTD) from my leave. (The company was in the throes of what happens after an acquisition).
My initial reaction was to be so giddy with relief I might of turned a cartwheel, had it not been for the neckbrace reminding what a bad idea that would be.
Regardless, the next words out of the unemployment cost control company's branch manager's mouth, made my unemployment hearing coordinator's antenae go up.
"You should know there's open positions, other than appellate, that I think you would be a good fit for".
I knew then .. my employer had laid a plan that often works on those not lucky enough to of done what I did for a living.
Whether laid off, because my position as an unemployment hearing consultant/coordinator had been eliminated, or not, the intention behind the offer was if I refused any offer of work, suitable or not, it kept an avenue to protest any unemployment benefits claim I might file when able and ready for work again .. open.
I then turned my computer on and sent an email from personal account to document the conversation and my understanding of what was said to me.
If you don't know how the at will employment doctrine, which controls most employment in the U.S., affects one's ability to collect unemployment benefits, then I think you need to get a handle on that little hitch in the employment/ benefit git-a-long connection .. called documenting because if you can't prove your testimony is what you actually said, or did .. you're leaving it up to someone who is supposed to be neutral, decide if you're being credible.
But all the while I was protecting my right to collect benefits, the wheels were turning in my head and it sounded like .. I don't want to go back to work for you.
So it was, in 2006, with a very good idea of how at-will employment and unemployment insurance benefits work in conjunction, I decided, even if I had to go back to work .. somewhere, it was time for this gal, to make a plan to get the hell out of Dodge.
Maybe even give some more thought to how I could sell those cute Christmas ornaments I once made .. on the internet.
Well, at least it was some sort of immediate plan .. if you were about to point out my plan must of changed.
Depending on what you currently think about being an employee, it's the attitude we bring with us to do any sort of work that should matter most to us as individuals.
And that's something I may give me even more to talk about .. than just collecting unemployment benefits when we lose an at-will job through no fault of our own.
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