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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (January 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805060847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805060843
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

The profession of law apparently has become so specialized that Sklover is able to bill himself as a "severance attorney," claiming primary ranking in the category. Regardless, earlier this year employment and labor attorney Steven Sack covered much of the same territory in a similarly titled book (Getting Fired: What to Do if You're Fired, Downsized, Laid Off, Restructured . . .). Sack also considered various forms of discrimination and the rights of employees, but Sklover focuses almost exclusively on negotiating the best severance package; therefore, libraries collecting in this subject area will find both titles worthwhile. Sklover describes how the negotiation process works, identifies emotional pitfalls, and tells how to work with an attorney. He explains what actually can be asked for and how to ask for it; he counters with requests the employer will make and suggests ways to respond. He advises what to do if negotiations fail and addresses "postnegotiation concerns" such as taxability of severance benefits, eligibility for unemployment insurance, and breach of agreement. Appendixes include sample forms and letters. David Rouse

About the Author

<div>Alan L. Sklover, esq., is the senior partner of Sklover, Donath & Felber, LLC. He has appeared as an expert on employment law on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg Business Radio, and CNN's interactive website, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Business Week, Money Magazine, and The Washington Post. He lives in Merrick, New York.
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Customer Reviews

The book is easy to read, written in plain English, and well organized.
Barbara Kolsun
This book starts off slowly, and proceeds step by step in leading you through the process of Going Back, Asking for More, and Getting It..
Retail Manager
I never realized that they wanted something from me even more than I needed the extra severance from them!
"wclancy@aol.com"

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "wclancy@aol.com" on October 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Written in plain English. Deals with the legal basics, emotional scars, and what's reasonable to ask for. Even has a list of 101 things to possibly ask for. I needed these things very much, and found them in this book. Provides a good insight, too, into what negotiating with your ex-boss, and Human Resources, is all about. I never realized that they wanted something from me even more than I needed the extra severance from them! This book is highly motivating, too. I recommend it for anyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a hospital staff employee with job security concerns, I read Mr. Sklover's book after it was recommended to me by a nurse. I would recommend it to others, at all levels, without question. In this book Mr. Sklover provides a clear and concise guide to help anyone develop a proactive stance in severence negotioation, and makes it so abundantly clear that anyone can do this sort of negotiating for him- or herself. The format is consumer friendly, and the book prepares the reader for the relevant issues, whether or not advance notice of job loss has been already provided or, as in my case, if you're just concerned that "notice" may be given to you in the future. This book provided me with a sense that I can cope with this terrible experience I'm facing and that I might even be able to "turn the tables" around. Mr. Sklover reminds us that we must combine our internal and external lives to produce powerful change. The book is a real motivator, because even if you're on the right track and just sit there facing a job loss, you'll just get run over. Mr. Sklover shares his insight that no- one can make you feel inferior or powerless without your consent. Hats off to an empowering book-for everyone who needs to feel less powerless at a very vulnerable time. If you have a gut feeling about job insecurity, put it on your own "Must Read" list. Its really such a great book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Kolsun on January 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am in-house counsel to a major corporation and have had a great deal of experience with downsizing and termination and found this book to be a treasure-house of good advice on negotiating severance packages. The writer, a well-known severance lawyer who has represented many employees, presents a practical, sensible approach to negotiating the best severance package possible. He is a proponant of civilized negotiation as compared with testosterone-driven war-mode litigation and his advice is sound. Unlike many lawyers, he addresses the emotional side of losing a job and has many good suggestions for dealing with hurt pride before going to the negotiation table. In addition, he does not propose running to a lawyer on the day or termination. Rather, the book could be used by an employee to assist in negotiating his/her own package. The book is easy to read, written in plain English, and well organized. The index contains invaluable forms for severance agreements and letters. I can't imagine a better book on this subject.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
The problem is that when we have a job we tend to invest in the illusion of security. We also feel disloyal to our employer if we prepare for the time of separation.
The funny thing is that when the whack comes (and to often it is as unforseen as club to the back of the head) you can bet that the company has prepared very carefully every aspect of our severance package before they apply that hit to the sweet spot on your noggin.
Very few people have the clout to get an employment contract let alone negotiate up front for a separation arrangement. For most of us we live in an "at will" world. The author points out that this "at will" isn't necessarily as once sided as our employers would have us believe.
They rely on the shock of the moment, our lack of preparation, and our shame for losing our job to streamline us into signing away rights and getting the heck out of dodge. It isn't in their interests to give you time to think and prepare, and, frankly, when you are laying off 1,000 or 10,000 people you simply can't enter into separate negotiations with every one of them. However, I can tell you that in the UK employees are routinely given employment contracts as they are hired.
This is why every employee should read this book today. Prepare and think about the ever more inevitable separation. Empoyees need to be on as equal a footing with their employer as they can; given current laws and the limitations of economics. We need to have more open eyes and be less sentimental about our jobs.
This book is a great first step or two on that path. Just as profits are made when you purchase an asset (buying at the right price) - not when you sell them, the basis for your separation (which you should accept as inevitable in some non-specified future) is laid when you are hired.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pinkslipped on February 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you buy one book to help you if you're fired, I recommend this one without hesitation. I found the advice and recommendations invaluable. In a coherent, sensible approach, Mr. Sklover's experience shows through. At times he seemed to read my mind as he methodically covered my concerns as well as introduced topics that had not occurred to me. He translated the legal jargon into plain English, rendering the advice both understandable and useful. The list of more than 100 negotiating points is alone worth the price of the book. I think "this is the one" on this topic.
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