Weekly business rail, with BBB warning about immigration businesses, tips on what to do if you've been laid off and more.
Tip of the Week
It's critical to understand what you should do after being told that your job has been eliminated. Here are some tips from FindLaw.com on what you should do if you're laid off.
- Don't wait. If layoff rumors are running rampant throughout your organization, don't wait to find out if you're part of the headcount or not. Get your resume updated and in shape. Start looking at various online job boards, attend local professional society meetings - do anything you can think of to kick-start your networking into high gear.
- Negotiate your layoff package. It's important to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to, including compensation for unused vacation. It may be useful to employ an attorney specializing in employment law to help you negotiate your package.
- Track job search costs. If you are seeking employment, it's crucial to keep track of your job search expenses. Some of these costs may be tax deductible. If you've been unemployed recently, you also will need to report your unemployment compensation as income.
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of websites and businesses claiming to provide assistance with immigration services. The BBB recently became aware of an increase in operations claiming to provide passport, citizenship and immigration services, in particular the website www.usaimmigrationsupport.com.
In July alone, the BBB received 32 complaints filed by consumers, which eclipses all other months this year. The BBB has a total of 46 complaints since January 2011, when consumers began contacting the BBB in earnest with their concerns. In 24 of those complaints, consumers allege US Immigration Organization, the business that operates the website www.usaimmigrationsupport.com, misrepresented itself as a government entity.
"Immigrants who may speak little to no English can easily fall prey to unscrupulous businesses" said Steve J. Bernas, president, & CEO serving the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "Businesses are willing to take advantage of anything from a language barrier to someone who is short on time, and scam innocent people out of their money."
"It is very important for people to fully read and understand any website and its disclaimers before doing businesses on it," Bernas added. "This is particularly necessary when a person is seeking assistance involving personal identification or government programs.”
For more advice, visit www.bbb.org.
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