Questions related to the firing of employees, sometimes multiple employees, or questions relating to losing ones job

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How to find out if my job is at risk of redundancy

We got hit with another wave of layoffs. Typical - comes Friday morning the boss calls everyone that still have a job to the conference room and give the news. However there is no assurance that there ...
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Why do companies fire and hire in parallel? [closed]

I've seen a couple of cases where companies lay off entire divisions because of corporate restructuring, legacy (or older) technology, etc. But at the same time they hire outsiders. Instead of ...
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Should I tell my employer I'm pregnant during redundancies?

I'm newly pregnant, and my workplace is a large government department with some fairly generous paid maternity leave conditions. They're also currently doing redundancies. I would prefer to tell my ...
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Deciding how many people to lay off, assuming attrition will follow

From what I've seen in the US high-tech sector, unless the job market is absolutely brutal, a layoff will be followed by more people leaving on their own in the next few months. Are there rules of ...
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My company has now been acquired by new company - how do I know if they will keep me?

A month ago our company, in Canada, officially became acquired by another company. My previous company had at the time filed for bankruptcy protection. The day we were told the official news that the ...
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Resign or be fired having recently joined a company as a graduate?

I spent a summer working as an engineer for a cool company working on biotech. They liked me and wanted me to return after graduation, I even got a scholarship from them (which I would have to return ...
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Redundant position refilled

The company I worked for in the hospitality sector was taken over and I worked for the new owners for 3 months until the premises closed for refurbishment. On the last day I was informed my position ...
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Filing for benefits under the Trade Act [closed]

In the US workers who lose their jobs because the work went overseas may be eligible for benefits under the Trade Act. There were substantial changes to the act effective January 1, 2014. Prior to ...
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Should I inform my manager about a potential job offer when the company is planning layoffs?

My company has recently begun a restructuring process which will eliminate 1 of the individuals in the same/similar role as me. Even before this announcement I have started looking for another job. My ...
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How to get hired again at a company that laid you off or let you go? [closed]

What are the best conditions and best steps one can take to successfully apply again for a role in a company that previously laid you off or let you go (for whatever reason)? I am asking because it ...
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How to motivate a team when everyone is paranoid about layoffs?

More than half of my team has been made redundant already, as have several other teams throughout the company. This is not due to financial reasons (we are very successful!) but there are some rumours ...
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Layoff aftershocks [closed]

Just survived a big layoff. Big in the sense of half the company is gone from one day to the next. What signs should I be looking for if they are not done yet? For example at the moment I have not ...
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How to be valuable when automation & IT are stealing my job (and maybe my whole career)? [closed]

I am a non-IT employee, graduated in business studies, and work in a field related to customer relationship management. I have grown in this field during the past five years since completing my ...
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Should mass-layoffs be mentioned on one's resume?

In this question about gaps in employment one answer suggested mentioning on your resume if you were part of a mass-layoff: being part of a large layoff should be noted in the resume. If your ...
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Is it ethical to exclude terminally ill employees from end-of-year layoffs? [closed]

Recently, we've heard a lot about Microsoft's stack ranking system and Yahoo's "Quarterly Performance Review" system. My Question: Is it ethical for companies to exclude terminally ill employees ...
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Who would be laid off first? [closed]

My company is experiencing low performance, and this has been a few months. If it's not getting better next year, I'm afraid there could be a round of layoff. There are many departments and teams. I ...
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How can I professionally resolve this conflict with my former employer?

As framing material, I work in a city that might as well be called 'Farmersville' -- very rural focused, despite technically being a city. Farmlands all over the place. As such, it's not exactly the ...
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I told a recent layoff victim that his job was safe. Now what?

Preface: I'm submitting this question for a friend. I got myself into an awkward situation last week. On Wednesday morning, while I was getting coffee, I had an impromptu conversation with Bob ...
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What can I do to minimize my risk of being laid off?

The company I work for occasionally goes through rounds of layoffs. It has laid off a few team members last month and there is a general belief that more layoffs are coming. I would like to save my ...
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Is it okay to ask my manager if I'm about to get laid off?

There has been a rumor lately about a massive round of layoffs at my company. Some other company in a neighbor city has just opened a spot for a programmer and I could apply there. If I do though, my ...
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Why would a company prefer firing people to laying them off?

During the interview process with a company I once worked for, the company bragged about how they had never had to lay off anyone. This was a company that had been in business for decades and which ...
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What should I do if my employer can't afford to pay me but refuses to lay me off in Ontario, Canada?

My employer has run out of money and was unable to pay me what was due on my latest regular pay date. It has been over a week and my employer has informed me that it is not known when my overdue pay ...
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Should I tell the company I'm interviewing with I'm laid off

I was working for company A when I submitted a resume to company B last week. Company B just spoke with me and decided to bring me in for an interview next week. However, company A just laid off 75% ...
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Does everyone know to ask for compensation for floating holidays when someone is laid off? [closed]

I'm wondering if floating holidays can be or are paid out to the employee when the company lays them off. I had a previous job where I had unused floating holidays. The company laid me off before I ...
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Saying no to an interview after saying yes over the phone

I have been working for a company for less than 6 months. My team in office had a warning from management that there may be a layoff. So I was applying for all kinds of jobs mostly relevant to my ...