What Terminated Employees Can Do

In reference to the emails being sent out, keep in mind that “regrets mean sh*t.”  

Important stuff here – please read this carefully:

– ask the status of your medical benefits and COBRA, whether your last paycheck will include accrued vacation, the week of wages Heller holds back (today’s paystub should say that it pays for work performed through October 3rd), balance of WARN severance, etc.  Make them tell you verbally or get it in writing.  If it is uncomfortable for them to give you this information, remind them of how uncomfortable it is to receive it.

– keep in mind that this is a Dissolution Committee decision, the news of which is being delivered by your supervisor or other staff.  They are people, they have feelings.  Express your displeasure, your outrage, your disgust but make sure it is directed towards the Dissolution Committee and not them personally.  And remind them that there is no guarantee that they’ll be paid for staying aboard the S.S. Heller Ehrman after we all have left.  

– make sure you have copies of any email, memo, letter etc. that mentions the WARN Act, the email concerning accrued vacation, your termination etc.  You will need these for filing unemployment, wage claims, etc.

– make sure you backup your email, contacts, files etc. and make arrangements to take all pertinent info with you or upload it to a file storage site.  See https://hellerdrone.wordpress.com/tag/grab-whats-important/

– be prepared to file an unemployment claim either online or in person on Monday.  See https://hellerdrone.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/unemployment/

– consider filing a wage claim for your balance of pay, accrued vacation, etc.  Remember to list sharholders individually.  Email hellerdrone@gmail.com for a current list of shareholders as of today.  See https://hellerdrone.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/wage-claim-laws-and-penalties-simplified/ and https://hellerdrone.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/wage-claim-items-you-need/ and https://hellerdrone.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/how-to-file-a-wage-claim/

– make sure you are in LinkedIn (there is a Heller Ehrman LLP Alumni group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=913787&trk=hb_side_g) and/or send your non-Heller email address to hellerdrone@gmail.com so you can be updated on the progress of various strategies.

– there is now a Facebook group for Heller Ehrman alumni – sign up here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=80889480065

– if Heller Ehrman LLP files for bankruptcy be assured that the employees will be ready as a class to be part of the process every step of the way and make sure they get what they have worked hard for.

Over and out

Heller Drone
Cruise Director

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9 Responses to “What Terminated Employees Can Do”


  1. 1 Anonymous 10 October 2008 at 1:41 pm

    thank you for all you have done Heller Drone.

  2. 2 Heller Enron 10 October 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Ditto. We staff are indebted to Heller Drone, and if we only knew who he/she is, we would honor with the most fabulous party, replete with nonstop cheesy ’80s music videos and fruity umbrella drinks!

  3. 3 News Elf 10 October 2008 at 1:51 pm

    What they said. Thirded. ^^

  4. 5 GrafefulSpouse 10 October 2008 at 2:46 pm

    As the spouse of a Heller employee (who goes in and out of denial about what is happening over there), I want to tell you how much I have appreciated your timely information and advice. It has allowed us to make what plans we can for this trainwreck. Forever grateful.

  5. 6 HELLboy 10 October 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Jeez…what a bunch of bushwacking b*stards. Apparently “orderly” means no advance warnings.

  6. 7 Observer 10 October 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I suspect that those of us being terminated today will get a Fed Ex copy of that tomorrow morning, just like Sept. 29-30. Just to prepare for another aggravation.

  7. 8 Legal Secretary 10 October 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Heller Drone – bless you for all you’ve done. Thanks!

    Wow. I’m supposed to come back to work on Monday. Unbeliveable. But, on the positive side, I no longer need to read Dante in order to figure out what Purgatory is.

  8. 9 Hellerclerk 11 October 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Dante’s purgatory was way more entertaining.


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