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Barclays Cuts Split the Atlantic

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The stark differences in employment law between the U.S. and the U.K. were on full display yesterday with news of layoffs within Barclays’ investment banking division.

Cuts will take place on both sides of the pond, but while U.K. investment bankers received word surrounding the timing of the layoffs, their U.S. brethren may have had to  learn it from us.

Under U.K. law, large firms are required to undergo a consultation process, where they alert employees of impending layoffs through a formal review. Barclays did exactly that on Tuesday, notifying their 9,000 investment banking that their jobs may be on the line. The cuts should be announced in early February.

In the U.S., where employment is at-will, Barclays was eerily quiet. The firm declined to comment on an eFC report indicating that, as with the U.K. division, investment banking cuts in the U.S. will be accelerated.

This year, the layoffs in the U.S. will happen before performance reviews and bonus discussions, an employee with knowledge of the situation told eFC. The cuts will likely begin this week, according to the source.

It begs the question: Would you rather know your job is on the line, coming to work each day with a pit in your stomach, or be cut clean without any notice?

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Back of the Line (eFinancialCareers)

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Irreconcilable Differences (Bloomberg)

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Locked Up (Reuters)

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Inflation Debate (The Telegraph)

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Market Conditions Improving (Bloomberg)

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Buzz Around the Office

The Past Never Forgets (MSN)

A Connecticut mother of two was pulled off a cruise ship in Florida and arrested after authorities discovered that she owed the state $85 for shoplifting cigarettes in 1991.

List of the Day: Time to Quit

Sometimes, it’s just time to move on, even without another job lined up. Here are three understandable reasons to give notice today.

  1. Your boss is verbally abusive.
  2. You haven’t been paid in weeks.
  3. You’re losing money with each pay check.

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