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Minnesota Severance Lawyers

Minnesota Severance Pay Lawyers


Easy 4-Step Process

Step 1.
Call us or fill out a contact form.
Step 2.
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.
Step 3.
Our severance package lawyer will conduct a thorough review of the agreement before discussing it carefully with you and answering your questions.
Step 4.
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 in Minnesota 

If you have recently received a termination severance package, you may be wondering what’s next. Under Minnesota employment law, you can negotiate your severance. Many employers will tell you that a certain amount of pay or an extension of medical benefits is “industry standard,” but this simply is not the case. Every employer takes a different approach to their severance packages, and even two employees at the same company do not have to agree to the same terms. Our attorneys know Minnesota severance pay laws and will review your documents to ensure that you are getting every benefit possible.

In Minnesota, employers are not required to offer severance to terminated employees. If they do, it is usually because they want something in return—often your agreement to not take legal action. Minnesota employers may also include non-compete, non-disparagement, confidentiality, and other clauses that could impact your next career move.

Our team of Severance Lawyers will simplify the legal jargon and explain your package details so that you understand what the company is offering and expecting. A severance attorney will take time to review the documents and applicable Minnesota employment laws to find any additional benefits or remove unneeded clauses to give you the best possible outcome.

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Your Rights in Minnesota

Even if you feel some pressure from your human resources department, it is important to know that you don’t have to sign a severance agreement immediately. In Minnesota, severance pay laws allow you to review an offer and negotiate before signing a final deal. You also can take the case further if you feel workplace discrimination was a factor in the company’s decision.

Remember, you do not have to accept your employer’s offer of severance, especially if you feel the terms do not benefit you. Nothing is required of either party. A severance agreement is different from unemployment benefits. If the company gives severance, it comes directly from the employer at the time of termination, while unemployment benefits are something you must register to receive from the government. Minnesota employment laws allow anyone to apply for unemployment, but your claim may be denied if you are receiving severance payments equivalent to your former salary.

When you call the Severance Lawyers, we will make recommendations that you can take to your employer yourself, or you can hire one of our attorneys to negotiate on your behalf. Either way, we work to help you achieve a result that brings you peace of mind and protects your future career opportunities.

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Who We Are

Our network of Severance Lawyers has received applause and awards in several business rankings, including:

  • Super Lawyers List for Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Employment Law
  • Corporate Intl Magazine Employment Law Firm of the Year

The Severance Lawyers have experience in employment law in all 50 states and are here to help you get the most out of Minnesota employment laws for severance pay. Start your severance review and negotiation today. We will help you fight for the benefits that you’re entitled to.

Schedule a consultation by calling (800) 466-5015.

Client reviews

    “Would recommend Paul to anyone.”

    This law firm helped me achieve the results that I needed. Would recommend Paul to anyone that feels as though they have been wronged and need legal guidance and assistance.

    - Al W.
    “They gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful.”

    My experience with Severance Lawyers was excellent. They gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful. They were a calming and confident presence during a difficult and uncertain time for me. Their guidance was outstanding at all times, prompt, professional,  timely and open for calls and quick updates. They invested the time to work through all of my questions and issues. I can’t thank them enough and would hire them again.

    - Wendy G.
    “From start to finish Tom was there to help me out every step of the way with our case.”

    Tom and his staff understand the law very well. They are quick to return calls, take the initiative, and explain things in a way I can understand. From start to finish Tom was there to help me out every step of the way with our case. I am glad to have Tom and his team on my side. I simply cannot thank them enough!

    - Michelle M.
    “Helped turn my lemons into lemonade.”

    I found myself in a challenging & stressful situation that required legal representation and their attorney Paul Castronovo handled it beyond my expectations.  Paul is incredibly experienced/knowledgeable and I just felt like I was in good hands the entire time.  Paul has a calming demeanor too–which is helpful in these stressful situations. Paul helped turn my lemons into lemonade.

    - Tucker W.
    “His confidence shined through instilling the confidence in me and peace of mind having him by my side.”

    Tom McKinney’s prompt attention, articulate and comprehensive advice addressed my Employment Agreement related issue. His confidence shined through instilling the confidence in me and peace of mind having him by my side. If you’re dealing with the proverbial ‘blood sucking’ company, look no further than Tom’s voice of reason.

    - Sweta M.
    “He was professional and knowledgeable in employment law.”

    Going to Tom and his team for my case was the best decision I made. He was professional and knowledgeable in employment law. He helped me reach a resolution and I could not recommend him enough for anyone else out there.

    - Austin S.
    “I have referred him to friends in NJ and NY.”

    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.
    “Tom was prudent in having me use his services and I did not overpay when not needed.”

    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.

Have Questions?

We Have Answers!
  • 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.