Louisiana Severance Pay Attorneys
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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 Packages in Louisiana
Losing your job is stressful and overwhelming. If your Louisiana employer has offered you a severance package, it may include items such as severance pay, continued medical benefits, vacation pay, or a request to sign a non-compete clause. Despite what you may hear from your company’s HR department, it’s rare for a severance package to include all the benefits and compensation you’re eligible for. That’s why our Louisiana employment law attorneys review your documents and help you negotiate to ensure you receive all that you deserve.
Many companies offer severance pay to minimize their risk of future litigation—they want you to accept money now in exchange for not taking legal action against them later. Yet this deal may not be in your best interest, especially if you feel that you were discriminated against or wrongfully terminated. Let the Severance Lawyers help. We take your side so you don’t miss out on future career moves due to unnecessary non-compete clauses or settle for a lower severance payout than you may otherwise receive.
Your Rights in Louisiana
Louisiana is an at-will employment state, meaning you can leave your job anytime for any reason. It also means a company can terminate your employment anytime for any reason. The only exceptions to the Louisiana employment law are:
- If you have a written contract with the employer specifying the length of time your tenure will last
- If you are a union member with a collective bargaining agreement
- If your termination is the result of discrimination—the law protects against this
As an at-will state, your employer isn’t required to provide you with a severance payout. Most of the time, when they do give severance, it’s because they want something from you in return. They may ask you to sign a confidentiality clause or agree to not seek litigation against the company.
In any case, you don’t have to sign right away. You have the right to seek legal counsel, and you can ask for more Louisiana severance pay benefits. Your employer may put some pressure on you to sign quickly, but you have the right to review for at least 21 days. During this consideration period, you can ensure you are receiving the full amount of benefits you deserve from the company before you agree to their terms.
Keep in mind, Louisiana employment law considers all severance pay taxable income. While a payout may sound like a lot, your net amount of severance pay will only go so far. Contact the Severance Lawyers to recommend and negotiate a higher payout or added medical benefits so you get more out of your settlement.
Who We Are
Severance Lawyers has advised and negotiated more than 2,000 severance packages for clients around the U.S. in all business positions. We understand the time-sensitive nature of your situation, and we will return your call in 24 hours to schedule your consultation.
After reviewing your documents, a Louisiana employment lawyer will provide you with a breakdown of the severance package and recommendations for negotiations. You then have the choice to bring the changes to the company yourself or to hire one of our lawyers to handle all negotiations on your behalf.
Our attorneys are award-winning severance specialists operating in a network to deliver fast results and protect the best interests of employees of all business levels.
You don’t have to navigate this stressful situation alone. Get professional lawyers to help you understand Louisiana employment laws and severance pay today. Speak to an employment lawyer to start your severance package review and negotiations.
Schedule a consultation by calling (800) 466-5015.
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Tom McKinney is one of the best attorneys that I know…whether to negotiate on your behalf or reviewing your agreement to make sure you are getting maximum value for your compensation. From stock options to deferred compensation. I have referred him to friends in NJ and NY.- Sean C.
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.- Joe K.
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.