layoffs en Laid Off And Looking For Health Insurance? Beware Of COBRA People who lose their jobs and the health insurance tied to them will have new coverage options when the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces open in October.<p>But consumer advocates are concerned many of these unemployed people may not realize this and lock themselves into pricier coverage than they need.<p>Today, the only option for many laid-off workers is to continue their employer-provided coverage for up to 18 months under the federal law known as <a href="">COBRA</a>, short for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act that est Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:18:00 +0000 49702 at Laid Off And Looking For Health Insurance? Beware Of COBRA Chicago School System Plans More Layoffs The Chicago Public Schools system is again in the spotlight after announcing late Thursday that it will lay off more than 2,100 employees — nearly half of them teachers. The laid-off educators account for 4 percent of the system's faculty, <a href="">reports the Chicago Sun-Times</a>.<p>It's the second large layoff announcement in recent weeks. Last month, the system said 850 jobs will be cut as it closes nearly 50 schools it believes aren't needed anymore. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:17:00 +0000 Hannah Meisel 47309 at Once High-Flying Game Company Zynga To Lay Off 520 Workers Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Things are not going do well for the online game maker Zynga. The once high-flying gaming company has been struggling and now plans to lay off almost 20 percent of its staff; that's more than 500 employees.<p>NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.<p>WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Not so long ago, San Francisco-based Zynga was hot. Games like Farmville and Zynga Poker were huge hits on the Web, and friends often used Facebook to play. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 09:30:00 +0000 45271 at Greek Parliament Approves Massive Layoff Plans Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with massive layoffs in Greece.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>INSKEEP: Greek lawmakers approved emergency plans to cut 15,000 government jobs by the end of next year. They have to do that in order to receive more European Union bailout funds.<p>The Greek parliament approved a measure in a vote on Sunday. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:30:00 +0000 43565 at Eli Lilly To Lay Off 30 Percent Of U.S. Sales Force Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with layoffs at Eli Lilly.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company announced yesterday that it is laying off 30 percent of its workforce in the United States. Eli Lilly says about 1,000 full-time and contract sales representatives will lose their jobs. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company made the move to cut costs so it can better compete with generic drug-makers. By March, Eli Lilly will lose paten protection on two of its bestselling drugs. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:49:00 +0000 42800 at