If you've been to the doctor, you've probably read or heard of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This piece of federal legislation took effect in 1996. It amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) once it became law. While you may have heard of HIPAA, you might not know what rights you're entitled to under it. You need to know this, though.
Companies are in the business of making money. As such, they sometimes have to downsize to remain profitable. There are other cases in which a company may align itself with a new investor who wants to take the business in a different direction. It's in instances like these that you may be doing everything you should, yet you're still let go. Some employers who unexpectedly lay off workers may offer them severance pay to cushion the blow.