My older brother was recently laid off from his job over 22 years. He has a very generous severance package that will take him through July of 2010 and he will receive funding for additional technical training from the province of Ontario. My sister in law called a little while ago... she was just laid off at the end of last week and will only receive three weeks severance since she has only been there for two years. This comes as a complete shock and was unexpected. The good news is that she has lined up two interviews for next week. Please keep them in your thoughts... and that sister in law lands a job next week.