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11/18/08
Transitions, Layoffs, Contract. Employment search log
Filed under: Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 8:27 am

When we sign up for our unemployment benefits, we
are expected to log all of our employment search
activities in writing.  As Al Sklover points out it is
a record of your good faith efforts to become re-
employed and can include:  networking, career
counseling, resume and public relations documents,
interviews and exploring all the print, internet and
recruiter contact postings.

Sklover, always the valuable resource points out
that it can also be valuable for two other situations.
We can certainly see where (a) it helps keep track
of the progress and details of your search, providing
feedback, reminders and tracking.  (b) It is also a tool
for litigation if needed in situations where the need to
provide details of a person’s contractual duty to
mitigate their damages from job loss (that generates
a severance). 

So some severance agreements may have wording
specifying that an individual must seek employment
and provide evidence of a continuing job search.
 
So, be aware of provisions in employment contracts
relating to mitigating damages.  In fact, Al Sklover
suggests:
[”In negotiation of an employment contract, it is
wise to insist upon the
inclusion of a provision:

 “Under no circumstances shall
the employee

be under a duty to mitigate damages resulting
from the
employer’s default or breach of this

agreement, or any part of it.”] 

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