Our New York County New York Severance Lawyers represent employers and employees in New York City.
When you are presented with a severance agreement from your New York County employer, it can be confusing to know what, exactly, they are asking you to sign. It is a good idea to have any New York County severance agreement reviewed by an experienced New York County employment attorney before agreeing to it without requesting changes. Our New York County severance lawyers are skilled attorneys with years of experience in severance agreements. They can help review and negotiate your severance documents to protect your rights while ensuring the best benefit to you. We have received several awards and accolades from our peers and have been included in several lists as some of the best employment lawyers. Since 2006, our lawyers have been included in the Super Lawyers List for Employment Law and Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Employment Law. We were named as an Employment Law Firm of the Year by Corporate Intl Magazine for 2010 and 2012, named AI Business Team Excellence Award for 2015 Employment Attorney of the Year in New Jersey and been included in the Top 40 under 40 Lawyers listing. Our New York County attorneys experience and skill will allow you to understand your New York County severance agreement completely and give you the peace of mind that you are receiving everything that you can in severance.
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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.
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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.
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"I have referred him to friends in NJ and NY."
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- 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.
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.