Connecticut Severance Pay Lawyers
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Our office will schedule a date and time for the meeting (either in person, Zoom or by phone). All meetings can be scheduled within 24 hours.
Our severance package lawyer will conduct a thorough review of the agreement before discussing it carefully with you and answering your questions.
Our attorneys will send you a detailed email regarding any changes, revisions, or other items that need addressing with your previous employer. You will then have the option to negotiate with your employer directly on your behalf to retain us to negotiate for you to try to improve the terms and amount of severance pay.
Severance Pay Laws in Connecticut
Losing your job comes with dozens of challenges; each of which can be stressful and confusing. Severance pay is often one of those confusing aspects. In the state of Connecticut, severance agreements are typically a lump sum amount of money or a percentage of pay based on how long the employee was with the company — but they aren’t set in stone.
Connecticut severance pay laws do not require employers to offer a severance package. If your company does offer one, it’s usually to protect itself from litigation. Employees agree to not pursue legal action in exchange for severance benefits.
This is why it is always recommended to seek the help of an experienced Connecticut employment lawyer before signing your severance agreement. Severance agreements are not a one-off offer and can be negotiated per Connecticut severance pay laws. Our attorneys will help you determine if the verbiage you’re agreeing to is acceptable and that you’re protected. We can help negotiate the possibility of more money, an extension on your health insurance, and other beneficial add-ons.
Your Rights in Connecticut
Connecticut severance pay laws indicate employers are not legally required to offer you a severance package, but the offer of one means we can help negotiate on your behalf. Our team of employment lawyers can take the brunt off of you when it comes to communicating with your former employer and can help you craft the severance agreement into something that is mutually beneficial.
While negotiating your severance, our team will also ensure you don’t lose out on pay and benefits that are in your contract. This could include stock options, retirement funds, and even bonuses that you are still owed. Furthermore, we can negotiate that your employer writes you a letter of reference to assist you in finding your next job.
Remember, Connecticut severance pay laws do not require you to accept a severance package. You can turn it down completely should you choose to do so, and you should not feel pressure from your employer or HR department. Contact the Severance Lawyers for a fast and fair review.
Who We Are
Severance Lawyers is a network of employment attorneys in all 50 states. Our team has more than ten years of experience navigating Connecticut severance pay laws. We will answer your initial outreach within 24 hours, and we will work with the urgency your situation requires. You may either take our recommendations to negotiate with your employer yourself or retain one of our attorneys to negotiate on your behalf. Contact one of our Connecticut employment lawyers by calling (800) 466-5015.
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I had Tom review my severance agreement. He provided a lot of valuable insight. I was able to go back to my employer with various points and double my package. Tom was prudent in having me use his services (told me to go back to my employer before fully engaging him) and I did not overpay when not needed. Other lawyers could have easily taken advantage of my situation and over-lawyered the situation.
How long do I have to sign the severance documents?
When companies terminate employees and provide a severance package, the goal of the severance is to benefit both the company and the employee. Therefore, the employee has time to review the agreement. Review timelines depend on employee age and the number of people terminated simultaneously.
- Employees under the age of 40 – No set time frame, but it must be reasonable and ample enough to review and understand the components.
- Employees over the age of 40 – 21 days to review and sign and 7 days to reconsider and revoke your signature.
- Multiple terminations at once – 45 days to review and sign and 7 days to reconsider and revoke your signature.
How is severance pay calculated?
Several factors go into severance pay amounts. Employees in higher management positions may receive additional benefits like longer pay terms, office equipment, or medical benefits.
Typical payouts can last up to 26 weeks and go by the following calculations:
- Hourly Employees: Number of years with company X 1 week of regular pay = Severance Pay $ Total
- Salaried Employees: Number of years with company X 2 weeks of regular pay = Severance Pay $ Total
Am I entitled to severance pay?
No, most companies provide a severance agreement when they lay off or fire an employee. Offering a severance package is entirely optional for the company. Most companies only do it to protect themselves from future lawsuits, the employee going to a competitor company, or adverse claims from the employee. The company takes multiple factors into account when preparing the packages.