Press Releases Expands Content On Job Loss To Help Terminated Employees With Equity Awards

Brookline, MA, October 12, 2011 - As corporate layoffs continue across the United States and job growth remains feeble, has expanded its educational content on job termination to help the many people with stock compensation who may be losing their jobs. The centerpiece of this expansion is a new article series: Job Loss And Your Stock Grants, occurring in the section Job Events: Termination. In addition, the section has a new interactive quiz on the fate of stock grants in job loss.

The Impact Of Job Loss On Stock Compensation

In addition to the personal upheaval it brings, job loss has an immediate impact on outstanding stock grants, whether restricted stock, stock options, or stock appreciation rights. Employees must know the rules that govern the treatment of stock grants and employee stock purchase plans after job loss to avoid the expiration and irreversible forfeiture of valuable stock compensation. Termination rules are especially important for vested stock options, which expire forever if they are not exercised within a certain brief timeframe after the end of employment. Companies strictly follow these rules and almost never make exceptions. For departing employees, saving as much of their stock compensation gains as possible can make a vital difference during an imminent period of unemployment.

Educational Content To Help

The new article series Job Loss And Your Stock Grants explains typical company rules for stock grants at job loss and spells out the crucial issues to consider when employment is involuntarily terminated. This series joins other insightful articles on job loss, including Negotiating And Structuring Your Stock Compensation (Part 3): Equity Rights When You Terminate Employment by noted stock comp attorney Alisa Baker.

In addition, an interactive quiz on stock grants in job loss is available to let employees test their understanding of the issues before it's too late. The answer key provides links to related content for further instructive reading.

"Whether it is expected or not, job loss is an upheaval that gives you a lot to think about," says Matt Simon, the Editor & Content Manager of and the author of the new series. "However, as you clear off your desk, don't forget your stock compensation. Too many departing employees have lost valuable potential gains because they were unaware of the post-termination rules—or even the vesting dates—of their stock grants."

Along with the new articles and quiz, the FAQs on job termination cover all that departing employees must know to get the most from their stock compensation.

Issues At Hiring

Elsewhere in its general content section Job Events, has complementary articles and FAQs about the flip side of job loss: hiring and related job negotiation.

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Corporate Licensing Available

All the content on is ideally suited for licensing by companies and stock plan providers for their stock plan participants. A customized version of the website's award-winning content can be seamlessly woven into companies' HR, benefits, and/or compensation portals. Accessible through any internet browser, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, licensed content from lets stock plan participants answer their own questions about their stock grants whenever they need to learn more—saving time for the stock plan staff and costs for the company. For more information, visit, email, or call 617-734-1979.


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For more information, please contact Bruce Brumberg and Matt Simon at or 617-734-1979.

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