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Job Loss Basics

Losing a job is often a stressful and traumatizing experience, particularly when it comes as a surprise. Employees who've been laid off, terminated, or left on their own accord may have questions about continuation of health benefits, unpaid wages, or even the legality of the action itself. Those who leave a job have plenty to do: applying for unemployment insurance, updating the resume, contacting references, and looking for other jobs. Meanwhile, unemployment typically creates a great deal of financial hardship and also can erode one's emotional well being. FindLaw's Job Loss Basics section includes a number of helpful resources and articles, with information on how to cope with the loss of a job, employee rights after termination, and more.

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