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01/10/10
Downsizings. Termination letters
Filed under: Networking, Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 12:21 pm

Last night I had a pleasant conversation with mid-
career and senior level scientists.  They shared
their perspectives of the chemical industry they
have their careers in, saying there is diminished hope
for many.  Some people, still employed, are
looking for new employers.  Downsized have
been exasperated in not getting job leads.  Sure
the economy is not robust.  However, it is the
off-shoring of chemical industries to Asia, in their
view, that concerns them.

Wish I had many answers to questions I am hearing from
three groups of people who face different facets of
what is happening– already out of work, those
(currently employed) who feel their days might be
numbered, and those preparing for careers in fields
that are moving off-shore.
[Parenthetically, downsizings affect not only
employed workers, but
also possible future workers
who are in university
programs guiding them into
areas that are “roads
under construction.”  There
seems to be a
disconnect between chemistry
departments
and industrial reality.]

The main focus of this post is points out an
excellent summary about severance agreements
by A. Sklover.  He points out how careful
reading of the agreement is essential and things
to be mindful of.

2 Responses to “Downsizings. Termination letters”

  1. site admin Says:


    John Challenger of Challenger Gray & Christmas
    talks about the needs to assist long-term
    unemployed people in a CSMonitor post.

  2. site admin Says:


    A. Sklover also pointed out possible severance
    agreement situations that could be considered.
    In a case in which a mature person is terminated
    and signed his/her severance agreement, there
    are considerations where an employee might
    be able to engage legal counsel to assist with
    an unfair termination.

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