A crucial question in deciding whether I accept the deal, refuse the deal, or try to negotiate the deal is, “How long do I have to decide what to do?” (For more information on how you can make your decision, check out our contribution to severance pay options.) Most companies will tell you that you need to respond within a set amount of time or withdraw the offer. This period can range from a single day to more than a month, but there are laws that govern the minimum time your employer must give you. This blog post re-examines the rules your employer must follow when assigning you this deadline. Employers must give workers under the age of 40 a reasonable period of time to sign a severance pay agreement. However, it is difficult to determine what is reasonable. Workers who feel compelled to sign a termination agreement immediately should review the terms and try to understand why the employer is so anxious to get a signed agreement. There are no state-imposed deadlines for workers under the age of 40, as they are too young to benefit from protection under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act 1967 (ADEA). Finally, employees among the few dismissed have the opportunity to negotiate the terms as part of the agreement. In the case of collective redundancies, a standardised package may be proposed and it is less likely that an employer will deviate from this contract. Only claims relating to civil – and not criminal – offences can be legally asserted in a severance pay agreement.5 While many legal rights can be waived, these are the most common in termination agreements: they should never be required to sign an agreement immediately.
The employer should give you a reasonable amount of time to review the departure offer, including time to contact a lawyer to verify it if you wish. While most companies offer severance pay, they are not always required to do so; Laws may vary from state to state. When faced with a personal question, try to focus the answer on your ability to get the job done. If the interviewer asks if you have young children, which probably has nothing to do with work, you might ask if the company wants to determine how flexible your schedule is, because they really want to know if you can travel. Try to understand what the interviewer really wants to know and sell yourself by addressing that specific concern. But before you sign your departure agreement, it`s good to do a few things first. Here are some recommendations as an expert in layoff negotiations, who wrote the book How To Engineer Your Layoff, which is now in its 4th edition for 2020 and beyond. It is a purely personal decision. Many people choose to have a lawyer or financial advisor check the termination agreement before signing. One of the advantages of an experienced professional audit of this document is that a neutral party who is aware of these agreements explains complex and sometimes confusing language, including what you get and what you agree with….