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Severance Agreement as a Matter of Right

Severance packages are often optional, as no law mandates your company to provide one. If a severance package was part of your salary package when you started working, you are more than entitled to it. If your employer refuses to provide you with suitable termination benefits after you were led to believe that you would be offered one by a written contract, company mandate, or oral promise, you have grounds for legal action.

As a result, your employer can’t tell you that the package is optional after you accept to work for them because it is already included in your initial agreement or contract. If your company refuses to provide you with one or discuss the benefits after you’ve been fired, you can file a claim for employment and labor law breaches with a severance package lawyer.


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When Severance Packages Are Against the Law?

A severance package is an agreement between an employer and an employee in which the former pays the latter a certain sum of money, which may or may not include other benefits if the latter is laid off, fired, or resigns. However, there are times when this agreement crosses the line into illegal territory. If a severance package includes the following items, it is prohibited.

  • The severance package is void if you are forced to engage in an agreement or contract with your employer to accept less compensation or to swap part of your leave benefits and other benefits normally offered by your employer for minor perks. It is invalid since it is forbidden to bargain for your fundamental rights in an agreement or contract, rendering the contract unenforceable. The agreement must not violate any labor laws or be utilized to bypass any employment requirements.
  • If you are threatened with signing a severance package so that your company can fire you, the severance money is also illegal and illegitimate. In this instance, you may be able to sue your employer for damages.

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Remember that negotiating a severance package can be a complex process, and it’s important to take your time and make informed decisions. By following these tips and seeking the advice of professionals, you can negotiate a fair and favorable severance package in California.


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What to Do When Negotiating Severance Packages?

Negotiating a severance package can be a stressful and complicated process, but there are several things you can do to ensure that you are treated fairly and receive the best possible outcome. Here are some tips for negotiating a severance package in California:

Understand your rights: In California, employees who are laid off or terminated are entitled to certain rights and benefits, including unemployment insurance and the right to sue for wrongful termination. Make sure you understand your rights before you begin negotiating your severance package.

Review your employment contract: Your employment contract may contain information about your severance package, including the amount of severance pay you are entitled to and any other benefits you may receive. Make sure you understand the terms of your contract before you begin negotiating.

How To Select The Right Severance Package Lawyer In California?

Selecting the right severance package lawyer in California can be a crucial decision that can impact your future financial security. Here are some tips to help you choose the right severance package lawyer in California:

  • Look for experience: Look for a lawyer who has experience in handling severance package cases. A lawyer who has experience in this area will be able to provide you with the right guidance and advice.
  • Check their reputation: Look for a lawyer with a good reputation in the legal community. Check their online reviews and ratings on websites such as Avvo and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Ask for referrals: Ask your friends, family members, or colleagues if they know of any good severance package lawyers in California. Referrals from people you trust can be very helpful.
  • Schedule a consultation: Schedule a consultation with the lawyer you are considering. During the consultation, ask about their experience and their approach to handling severance package cases. Also, ask about their fees and any potential costs.
  • Evaluate their communication skills: Communication is key when it comes to legal matters.
  • Ensure that the lawyer you select has good communication skills, is responsive, and is willing to keep you informed throughout the process.

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