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A. Job Searches – Finding Your New Place to Earn a Living New!!
B. References and Recommendations – To “Open the Door”
C. Interviews and Resumes – Getting Your “Foot in the Door”
D. New Jobs – Job Offers: How to Get and How to Respond
E. Climbing the Ladder – From Asking for Raise/Promotion to Credit for Creations
F. Compensation And Collecting Monies – Getting Paid What You Deserve
G. Bonus – Proposing, Increasing, Expressing Disappointment, etc. New!!
H. Performance Reviews And PIP’s – Effective Responses
I. Discrimination / Bullying / Retaliation – Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Retaliation
J. FMLA / Disability / COBRA / Illness
K. Pregnancy & Maternity
L. Expatriate Assignments
M. Misconduct & Workplace Violence [New!] – “Defend Yourself & Report Danger”
N. Other On-the-Job Issues – If It’s Not in Another Section, It’s Probably Here
O. Filing Complaints and Whistleblowing – Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, FMLA, etc.
P. Retaliation [New!] – If Harmed for Standing Up or Doing Right
Q. Non-Compete’s and Related Restrictions – Avoiding, Navigating, and Defending Against Them
R. Dispute Resolution – Responding to Allegations or Cease & Desist Letters, Settlement, Mediation, Arbitration
S. Resigning – From Involuntary Resignation to 100-Point Checklist
T. Severance – Asking for More Time or Money to 94-Point Checklist
U. Unemployment Benefits – From Getting Former Employer’s Cooperation to Winning at Appeal
V. Post-Employment Concerns – From Asking for Unpaid Monies To Cease and Desist Defaming You
Subject, Name and Description
|Post-Employ 1||Demand for Unpaid Employment Compensation
A formal demand letter for use after employment to demand compensation of any kind not paid on time. This Model Letter can be used to demand unpaid salary, earned bonus, unreimbursed expenses, or any other unpaid item. This Model Letter may, itself, motivate your former employer to “pay up” what is due. If not, and you have to go to your state’s Labor Department or court, your having “demanded” the money in this way will assist you in your collection efforts.
|Post-Employ 2||Request for Reference Letter with Three Model Reference Letters
To get an interview, or at an interview, it’s a great advantage to have positive, powerful reference letters. Experience shows that, if you submit a “first draft” to a mentor, teacher or colleague, you’re much more likely to get the reference letter you want. Here are two different versions we recommend, along with a brief and polite “transmittal” letter to the person to whom you are sending your request.(See also Severance 3, above)
|Post-Employ 3||To Employment Attorney Seeking Info for Possible Retention
Sooner or later, most employees have a need to consult with, or hire, an employment attorney. This Model Letter helps you determine if a particular employment attorney or law firm is the right one for you and your concern or case by requesting information on experience, billing practices, and other relevant considerations.
|Post-Employ 4||Model Email NDA Memo
This is an informal email memo intended to give your valuable idea, opportunity or proposal some measure of protection when you are sharing it with people for purposes of discussion and consideration. Commonly called an “Informal NDA,” or Non-Disclosure and Use memo.
|Post-Employ 5||Cease and Desist Use of Name and Photo
Former employer still using your name, picture, biography or other information on their website, marketing brochure or license applications? If so, it’s important that you put a halt to that practice as soon as possible. Otherwise you may be involved in their disputes, and could have problems with future employers. Here’s a good “Cease and Desist” letter designed to help you steer clear of such problems.
|Post-Employ 7||Demand for “Post-Resignation Pay”
[When Terminated upon Giving Notice]This is an informal email memo intended to give your valuable idea, opportunity or proposal some measure of protection when you are sharing it with people for purposes of discussion and consideration. Commonly called an “Informal NDA,” or Non-Disclosure and Use memo.
|Post-Employ 8||Expressing Concern of Post-Employment Bad-Mouthing
Are you concerned that someone at your former job is bad-mouthing you? Do you have the feeling your job hunt is being sabotaged? If so, then this Model Letter can help you put a halt to it. It is designed to be both respectful and effective, and in addition to a halt to bad-mouthing, it seeks a letter from your former employer confirming positive employment qualities, with a sample “Good Employee” letter attached.
|Post-Employ 9||Cease and Desist – Former Employer Interference
If a former employer is trying to disrupt your new job, and saying or writing bad things about you in an effort to disrupt your new employment relation, you need to put him or her on formal warning, and register a demand to stop. This letter provides a model to do just that.
|Post-Employ 10||Model Letter Requesting a “Bridge to Retirement”
If, because of job termination, you might lose out on significant retirement-related payments or benefits, whether pension, medical, stock or otherwise, there is a way that you may be able to prevent the loss. That is by requesting a “Bridge to Retirement.” If you try, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Here’s “What to Say, and How to Say It.”™ New!!
|Post-Employ 11||Requesting Consent to Use Portfolio Materials in Job Hunt
Those who make a living in the creative fields have to show samples of their work during the interview process. They include graphic artists, fashion designers, copywriters and visual merchandisers. Those who cannot do so are at a very substantial disadvantage. Though public, non-confidential information is not legally protected, that would not necessarily put a halt to legal efforts against those who use portfolio material without permission. This Model Letter asks the right questions, offers the right assurances, and makes the right requests in the right way. New!!
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|Post-Employ 12||Repayment Obligation Forgiveness – for Tuition, Relocation, Sign-On Bonus, etc. – with 18 Great Reasons
If your employer provided you with tuition assistance monies, relocation assistance monies, sign-on bonus, or a perhaps even a short-term loan, and you agreed to pay it back if you left the company within a certain period of time, and you have now left, this is the Model Letter for you. A well-drafted and reasoned letter that contains 18 Great Reasons your repayment obligation should be waived and forgiven. New!!
|Post-Employ 13||Requesting Payment for Accrued But Unused Vacation Time – With 12 Great Reasons
If you have left your former employer and have not been paid for accrued but unused vacation time, it is always wise to ask that it be paid to you. This Model Letter offers 12 Great Reasons to support your request, and – like all our Model Letters – shows you “What to Say, and How to Say It.”™ [Note: Not to be used if you have previously signed a waiver of claims, but can be used if you have been asked to sign a waiver of claims, but have not yet signed It.] New!!
|Post-Employ 14||Response to Former Employer’s Debt Collection Agency
At times, at the end of employment, a former employer believes that a former employee owes it money. This may be for (a) sign-on bonus, (b) educational benefits, (c) alleged overpayment of wages, (d) unpaid loans, or other reasons. To avoid time and expense, some employers try to collect what is due them by sending the alleged debt to a collection agency. If you get a “demand” letter from such a company, you have substantial legal rights . . . but you need to write back to exercise those legal rights. This Model Letter shows you “What to Say, and How to Say It.™” New!!
|Post-Employ 15||For Former Employee: Have I Signed Any Agreements That Restrict My Activities in the Future?
Many former employees don’t know whether they have signed agreements that say, for examples, they cannot (a) work for a competitor or a customer (present or prospective), (b) solicit business from a customer (present or prospective), (c) solicit or hire a former colleague who is or was an employee of the former employer, or even (d) go into business on their own in the same industry. How can you find out? Ask, but very carefully, without “tipping off” the former employer of exactly which restriction you are concerned about. This Model Letter shows you “What to Say, and How to Say It.™” New!!
|Post-Employ 16||After Leaving a Job (by Termination or Resignation) – Requesting Return of Withheld Contact Information
Almost always, when employees are leaving a job, under any circumstances, employers do their best to make sure the employee cannot, and does not, take with them business contact information. There are, though, circumstances in which employees have a right to that information. To address this, short of a lawsuit, a respectful and reasonable memo to a senior manager is the best way to go. This Model Letter shows you “What to Say, and How to Say It.™” New!!
|New Job 14||“Friendly Warning” to HR to Give Neutral Reference
When job-searching, and you know that your background is about to be checked, you might consider “reminding” HR in a “friendly way” that (a) it has agreed to give a neutral reference, (b) it should remind others of that, too, and (c) those calling for references JUST MIGHT be friends or former colleagues of yours. This Model Memo shows you “What to Say and How to Say It.”™ New!!
W. Your Next Life Chapter – Agreements for Consulting, Independent Contractor, Partnership, Employment and Non-Disclosure of Ideas
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