Massachusetts Severance Pay Attorneys
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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 Packages in Massachusetts
Learning that you’ve been terminated is an awful feeling. When your employer presents you with a severance agreement, it can be intimidating, and they might pressure you to sign it right away. It’s important that you ask for time to review the document before you agree to anything.
While understanding the full agreement is at times confusing, having a lawyer experienced in Massachusetts severance agreements and labor laws can help clarify what, exactly, your agreement might entail.
Employers typically offer severance packages to protect themselves from future legal action. In these agreements, it is common for employers to ask you to give up your right to sue or to work for a competitor in exchange for severance pay and other benefits. These obligations and restrictions may not be in your best interest. Working with a lawyer who is knowledgeable about severance procedures can help you avoid a detrimental agreement.
Your Rights in Massachusetts
While not all companies offer severance agreements upon the termination of an employee, you are entitled to legal representation to help you review and negotiate any severance agreement you are offered in Massachusetts. Not only are you able to hire a lawyer to review your severance agreement, you can also work with one of our attorneys to represent and advocate for the best outcome during negotiations.
You can potentially negotiate payment sums, how they are paid, the release of your ability to claim discrimination, and health insurance coverage for you and your family. Remember, there is no such thing as a “standard” severance agreement in Massachusetts. Even if other employees have accepted a similar agreement, you don’t have to. Employers will protect themselves with their own attorneys, but our labor lawyers in Massachusetts can help you do the same. Call us to ensure that you receive the full host of benefits you’re entitled to.
Who We Are
Our Massachusetts labor lawyers will help you understand your severance agreement and allow you to fairly and effectively protect your own interests. Severance Lawyers is a network of experienced and highly qualified attorneys in all 50 states. We have the expertise to advise you on how to improve the terms of your severance package. If you’d prefer, you can retain one of our Severance Lawyers to meet with your employer and negotiate on your behalf. Our goal is to leave you with an agreement that satisfies your best interests.
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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.- 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.