Find out about the employment related benefits that you may be eligible for when you resign, get fired, or get laid-off from your job. Here's information on unemployment, severance packages, giving notice, writing a resignation letter, health insurance, retirement plans, workers compensation, disability, references and more resources for people who are changing jobs.
How to Quit Your Job
Providing two weeks notice is customary. Even if your employer doesn't ask for notice, it is a good idea to offer it. Even though it's not easy, it is best to tell your boss in person. Try to remain positive since you may need a reference in the future. In some cases, you will need to resign in writing. A well-written resignation letter can help you maintain a positive relationship with your old employer, while paving the way for you to move on.
Getting fired can happen to the best of us. Sometimes there a personality conflict. In other cases, the job can be difficult or there simply may not be good match between you, the job and/or the company. Try not to take it personally. It doesn't mean that you are a failure. Rather, it means that you weren't meant to be doing this job.
Managing a Lay-Off
Getting laid-off can happen to the best of us also. As soon as you receive a pink slip, or if you know it's coming, ask what benefits terminated employees are eligible for. Find out about unemployment insurance, health insurance, pension benefits and severance pay. In most cases, the company has no obligation to offer a severance package, however, depending on circumstances, a package may be offered.
Employment Related Benefits
Before you leave your job, you will need to know what benefits you are eligible for. You are entitled to receive some benefits by law. Your employer may opt to provide additional benefits other than those mandated by state or federal law. Ask about severance pay, accrued vacation, overtime and sick pay, pension benefits, and eligibility for unemployment insurance. Request information on continuance of health and life insurance benefits. If you have any questions on what is offered, check with your State Department of Labor for clarification.