Posts Tagged 'Unemployment Insurance'



Preparing for the New Normal

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After the 2001 recession, the national unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent in 2002, and peaked at 6.3 percent in 2003 before falling back to 4.6 percent for 2006 and 2007. Most economists agree that we may never see employment numbers this low again. Continue reading ‘Preparing for the New Normal’

The Job is in the Details

danny-0509Following directions will lead you to employment.

In a former life, I worked as a recruiter. Now, I supervise a wonderful team of people who recruit daily to help people get to work. What I hear about recruiting now is consistent with my experience as a recruiter. People who want to get hired know how to follow directions. Continue reading ‘The Job is in the Details’

Down to the Bone

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Business is slow, profits are lean, and drastic measures seem necessary to keep going. Many businesses have laid off employees and are now operating down to the bone. Cutting hours or pay of essential staff may be necessary to survive? How do you pick? Ask the Magic 8 Ball or draw straws? Continue reading ‘Down to the Bone’

Don’t Let A Barrier Be Your Barrier

danny-0509How to market yourself when you have challenges in your work and personal history.

Tell me, is this you? Are you having a hard time finding a job because you have a criminal charge in your history? Do you find it hard to look for a job because you have three children that are not yet in school? Have you worked for a number of employers in the past couple of years and can’t seem to shake the job hopping? Continue reading ‘Don’t Let A Barrier Be Your Barrier’

Getting a Little Credit

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Sometimes you do get a break for doing the right thing. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program gives you, the employer, a federal tax credit that reduces your tax liability when you hire from nine different targeted groups: Continue reading ‘Getting a Little Credit’

Don’t be Snake Bitten – Get a Grip on COBRA

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Losing a job can be a traumatizing episode in life but the notion of losing your medical benefits and becoming ill, or involved in some sort of unexpected accident, can be cataclysmic.  The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (or COBRA as it’s more widely known) of 1985, was brought to life to equip those who lose their jobs and medical benefits with a viable option to avoid such situations. Continue reading ‘Don’t be Snake Bitten – Get a Grip on COBRA’

Saving Your Assets in a Down Market

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Times are tough and you are confronted with the grim reality of a layoff for your employees.  You can’t keep staff at the current level and survive the expense, but your business depends on the expertise and talent of your employees.  What do you do?  As one employer said to me, “I’ve gotten rid of the chaff, these people are my core!  When work picks back up, I won’t be able to compete without them.  If they go, my business goes!” Continue reading ‘Saving Your Assets in a Down Market’


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