Severance Agreements

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What Is the Main Purpose of a Severance Agreement?

The main purpose of Severance Agreements for the employer is to obtain a waiver of all your rights so that you are not able to sue the employer after you leave your employment. Typically, the employer offers to pay you compensation or wages to get you sign the Severance Agreement. The employer’s goal with the Severance Agreement is to protect its own interests

Who Drafts the Severance Agreement?

Severance Agreements are drafted by the employer or the employer’s lawyers. It is important to keep in mind that the Severance Agreement contains terms that is designed primarily to protect the interests of the employer.

Does My Employer Have to Offer Me Severance Pay?

Under New Hampshire law, an employer does not have to offer severance unless there is a policy. Offering severance is different that if you are owed vacation pay or sick time after you are being separated from employment.

Is a Non-Compete Agreement Part of a Severance Agreement?

It depends on the lawyer drafting the Severance Agreement. Sometimes a company and its lawyer will try to include a non-compete agreement as a part of any Severance Agreement being offered to you. It is important to be aware of that because that provision could affect your ability to work for a competitor or even to start your own business.

Can My Employer Pressure Me Into Signing a Severance Agreement?

No. But employers sometimes do try to pressure employees to sign Severance Agreements. It is understandable that you may be facing a financial hardship but you need to take the time to review all terms of the Severance Agreement with an experienced employment lawyer. Depending on the specifics of your case, some Severance Agreements provide a certain time period in order to allow you to review the Severance Agreement as well as containing a limited time period for you to revoke your acceptance of the Severance Agreement.

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