Skip to comments.What is the "Jewish" way to layoff employees?
Posted on 02/28/2009 5:54:26 PM PST by Alouette
What's the "Jewish Way" to "Lay People Off"?
From the "Ethical Activist" who deprived of thousands of their livelihoods
By Nathaniel Popper
Behind the headlines about the massive layoffs sweeping the Jewish world are experiences like that of Rochelle Mancini.
Mancini worked at the American Jewish Congress for 23 years until December, when her employer learned that it had lost much of its endowment in the alleged Ponzi scheme of Bernard Madoff.
A few weeks later just a day before New Years Eve Mancini was called in late in the day and told the next day would be her last. To add to the trauma, Mancini was told that if she wanted her health coverage to continue beyond the next day, she would have to write a check immediately.
Mancini had sympathy for her organizations unusual financial straits more than half of the AJCongresss employees had to be let go but Mancini said she believes that there were simple ways to have handled her situation better, particularly at an organization that bills itself as a voice for Jewish values. Had I had two more days of advanced notice, I could have saved hundreds of dollars on health care, Mancini told the Forward. Those kinds of things, when you are unemployed they matter.
Mancinis experience starkly lays out a question being confronted by organizations across the country: What is the right way to fire someone?
(Excerpt) Read more at viciousbabushka.com ...
Vicious Babushka has just as much, no, more education and experience than Rochelle Mancini and Herbert Lazarus, but has worked in the automotive industry instead of the "non-profit" book-shuffling old-Left entitlement world, so, can't claim benefits or a paycheck from doing from Babushka does FOR NO PAY anyway.
Did Nathaniel Popper ask himself about "Jewish layoff justice" when he conspired, with his muckraking employers "The Forward" about the thousands of families who would become destitute once he achieved his objective of destroying Agriprocessors, Postville IA, and the families of shochtim, mashgichim, slaughterhouse employees and yes, the "undocumented" workers of whom "The Forward" claims to be the champions?
"The Forward" which claims to be "The Nation's Jewish Newspaper" does not allow "talkback" or "feedback" on their pages. There does not appear to be any way to contact "The People's" media outlet. You can "contact" their "letters" section, but "The Babushka" will publish your letters in the Comments and maybe if we get enough feedback "The Forward" will pay attention.
Somewhere there’s a moyel joke in this thread...
Give your workers kosher pink slips, but not on Saturdays.
I think it’s to call `em a “scmuck”, whap `em upside the head, and say “Get outta here!” ;)
I don’t know about a specifically Jewish way to go about it, but there is a humane way, a way that attempts to avoid causing any more hardship than necessary.
It may only work for small to medium size, nonunion employers, but cally them together. Explain the circumstances. Lay out the costs that are going to need to be removed from the company’s overhead, in order to survive. Lay out the steps that have been taken elsewhere, and lay out what that means for total employment. Ask for suggestions, in public or in private. Some may prefer to have everyone’s hours cut back, rather than lose somebody. Some may volunteer themselves, due to having resources to support themselves above and beyond their salary, or a well paid spouse.
It doesn’t have to be like an axe falling out of the blue. A little compassion goes a long way.
Something like this:
I’m sorry Bibi, the economy is in the tank, with no end in sight. I have to reduce staff and expenses where I can. Unfortunately,Bibi, you’re one of those today.
The Daily Forward speaks to Jewish concerns, but mainly from a Communist perspective.
I’ll always be grateful to them for having given us Isaac Bashevis Singer. And I suppose there have been other valuable contributions as well that I’m not familiar with.
But Judaism isn’t really compatible with Communism, any more than Christianity is.
I know things are going to be tough for the next few years, but with some hard work and dedication we can make it.
How many of you voted for Obama? Raise your hands.
Sounds like the termination process could be a violation of some federal and state laws, specifically the COBRA law, that allows employees to continue coverage for 18 months, as long as they pay for it.
And yes there is Jewish law that would be applied in terminations, you know that, no? It varies on the circumstance, but this termination would seem to abrupt to have taken any of it into account.
The Forward has always been baxckwards. It is a fine paper to wrap fish in..
I think it is “ironic” that “The Forward” which claims to represent “all the Jews in the USA” does not have any “feedback” or “talkback” on its pages.
My local Israel bonds office cut several workers, older women with years of experience. I felt bad about that. So I held off reinvesting some funds with them.
Have a gentile do it?
I suspect this is covered in the Talmud. I haven’t read it. I bet these folks haven’t read it either.
“How many of you voted for Obama?”
LOL! Between Obama & Madoff we’ll be lucky if we have two nickels to rub together soon.
I’m just waiting for my Obama voting boss to complain about his taxes. Of course I can’t fire him, he’s my boss!
A little off topic, but I wonder how much stolen money Madoff gave to the Obama campaign. You know in the unlikely event he gave one cent to Republicans, there would news stories about that every day, along with demands to investigate the RNC. Since I have not run across any news stories about Madoff’s political contributions, I assume the media are covering up the fact he gave to Democrats.
Being an employer in the oil field, I've done this in tune with the price of oil and gas, which means I've done this a lot. In fact, I did it today, as my 15 working rigs have dwindled to 5 (for now).
This morning, at 5:00, I met the guys for 10 rigs. About 75 tough guys, more or less. I passed out checks for the end of February, and an extra check for half a month.
I said, “Boys, Obama has declared war on entrepreneurs, and the oil and gas business in particular, so there are no wells being drilled. The guys who are willing to put it on the line drilling a well won't take the risk with Obama’s tax plan to take all the money. You have an extra check for a half-month's pay in your envelope, even you guys that are brand new. I thank you for your hard work, and let's hope we get someone who won't be so cruel to hard workers in the White House. In the meantime, be careful.”
Then I went and talked with everyone, and they shook my hand. Some of the tough guys cried. They know the way it works -— drilling wells is risky business, and no one is going to take that kind of risk (and do that kind of hard, dangerous work) without big rewards.
The old ones joked about Jimmy Carter and how he did the same thing.
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