Diligently examine a prospective employer's financial health before you join its staff. For private companies, candidates may need to inquire directly during interviews. "Employees may be shy about asking for burn rates [of capital] and financial results," Loeb conceded. However, such information may be important when proving claims that a job applicant was misled about an employer's long-term prospects.
Work the Web. A number of sites help advise employees of their rights. Some of the best include: