About Me:  Just an At-Will Employee Trained to Know What I Could  Control  

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Hi, my name is Chris Hendricks and when I was in my early forties, I accepted a job that filled my day to day routine with issues of unemployment insurance.

In short, I was hired to coordinate unemployment appeals for employers at a mid-sized UI cost control company.

Specifically, I assisted employers with an initial assessment of an appeal and then went about coordinating some efforts that were necessary so the employer would have the best shot at winning a hearing.  I did this for hearings held in all fifty states, although some much more frequently, than others.

It is my opinion, the most important part of the job was to call a short list of hearings reps I knew would argue the hell out of any employer's position argument at that first level appeal hearing.

What I learned from building close relationships with some of the best reps on my list, came in mighty handy when unemployed became my personal problem, not my job.

Am I a Cynical Employee?  

Not anymore I'm not.  

But I admit it, sometimes something I learn about what an employer has done to an employee, or what an employee thinks should convince me, a reasonable person,  they deserve benefits .. can make that old cynicism flare up and show a side of myself, I'm not very proud of.

But then, I wasn't simply trained to know how unemployment insurance appeals work.  But to assess the chances for appeal well.  This means you're going to become aware of compliance strategies that are used to reduce the amount of claims paid and not always .. ethically.

There is a whole lot that lies between rules governing employment and the rules of unemployment benefits eligibility and that is, the reality of being an at-will employee today, in the ever shape-shifiting landscape of the labor market in the United States.

Ergo .. a website to earn a living without an employer.

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Work Smarter - Learning the Benefits of Not Ignoring Our Collective Employee Rights

Employees tend to think remaining silent and inactive on the employee rights front will enable them to preserve the status quo and remain employed.

Well, sometimes you have to know when it's time to rock the boat when you have no control to make your boss see reason. And it doesn't matter who you call boss .. be it another employee of the company, or the owner of the company.

We have a number of basic employee rights which should not only be of concern to us when we work as an at-will employee, but to those who believe being the boss makes them invincible enough to ignore the concept of employee rights legal compliance.

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Is Chris a control freak?

Maybe, but this is my workplace .. and since I'm the only one who works here .. I think it's okay.

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