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Is Your Former Abusive Boss Going to Give You a Bad Reference? Here’s How to Fix It

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If you've escaped working for a bully boss, but are afraid of what the bully will say to your prospective employers during reference checks, then this article is for you. I've been getting this question a lot lately, most recently from a reader named Allen, whose email to me is posted below with my response following: Hi there, I was searching through some law websites when all of a sudden I came across your website. I had a question about job applications: is it unlawful to ask why you left your last job? The reason I asked is because I was fired from my last job for some flim flam reason, and it would be a shame if I didn't get the job that I'm applying for due to telling the truth, and then the truth turns right around and kicks me in the butt. Also, is it illegal for a former … [Read more...]

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The Dumb Money is Betting On Sunny Skies

FRIDAY UPDATE: "The U.S. lost more jobs than forecast in August and the unemployment rate climbed to a five-year high of 6.1 percent, a sign that the economic slowdown is worsening." (Full Article). "Foreclosures accelerated to the fastest pace in almost three decades during the second quarter as interest rates increased and home values fell, prompting more Americans to walk away from homes they couldn't refinance or sell."  (Full Article). Betting on Sunny Skies? If you need a job in order to pay your bills, this isn't the best of times.  Today the federal Labor Department announced that unemployment claims increased more than the "experts" had expertly predicted.  Other cheerful facts about the state of the U.S. economy: Unemployment rolls are at a five-year high 3.4 … [Read more...]

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Bad News: No Home Sales = No Emergency Cash

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Why are people so concerned about their jobs right now?  Because they see the "For Sale" signs going up all around them -- and they know the reason is because these neighbors can't afford their mortgages any longer. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Friday the economy continues to be in a recession, by his definition, and will continue to be for at least several more months. (Full Article Here.) U.S. Fed Chief Ben Bernanke said Friday that "the financial storm that reached gale force" last year "has not yet subsided, and its effects on the broader economy are becoming apparent in the form of softening economic activity and rising unemployment," . (Full Article Here.) That certainly appears to be the case in my own neighborhood.  I live in a sub-division that was built five years … [Read more...]

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Learn How To File an Unemployment Claim

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Economy Down, Unemployment Claims Up With our economy the way it is, I decided to prepare a guide to filing for unemployment benefits. My idea was to explain how the unemployment system works, what the standard is for accepting or rejecting claims, and then add in stories from my own experience about what the best tactics and common mistakes are in filing for unemployment benefits. Scam "Services" In researching what others were already saying on the internet, I was alarmed to find "businesses" selling something that at first looks like legal services for people who want to file an unemployment claim. However, after you fill in your information (I did it just to see what the site was really offering) you have to check a box agreeing to a long waiver -- where you agree you are not … [Read more...]