Tallahassee Severance Pay Attorneys
When an individual is let go from a job, he or she is often offered a severance package. This typically involves signing an agreement with the employer to accept a certain amount of pay and benefits for leaving the company unexpectedly. In many cases, you can help put yourself in a better position by negotiating a better severance package.
At the Law Office of Richard E. Johnson, our Tallahassee lawyers negotiate severance pay agreements on behalf of clients throughout Northern Florida. As long-standing employment law attorneys, we understand the ups and downs of the economy and the challenges that individuals face when they have been laid off.
We work with our clients one-on-one to help them understand whether or not the package they have been offered is fair and how they can get a better deal through negotiation. We welcome you to contact us online or by telephone at 850-425-1997 to schedule a free initial consultation.
How Do I Know If My Severance Package Is Fair?
Severance packages or Separation and Release Agreements are contracts. In many cases they are full of complicated legal jargon and forceful statements about being “non-negotiable.” Your human resources department may give the impression that you can either take it or leave it, but you have the right to review it with an experienced attorney.
Severance agreements typically include:
- Remaining pay for work performed
- Additional pay determined by length of employment
- Pay for unused vacation time or sick days
- On-going health care and life insurance coverage, including medical and dental care
- Additional benefits for a certain period of time after leaving the company
- Retirement benefits, such as 401(k)s
- Assistance in finding new employment elsewhere
Agreements may also include clauses that limit your rights such as the right to bring an employment law claim (i.e., wrongful termination, harassment or discrimination) against the company or the right to seek unemployment benefits.
Every employer and severance agreement is different. It is best to work with an experienced attorney to understand what is fair and reasonable for you. Our firm is well-equipped for contract review and negotiation of favorable severance agreements to help you protect your rights and remain on stable financial ground as you seek new employment.