Severance Representation For Michigan Employees

Whether someone is negotiating the terms of an employment offer or wondering how they are going to make ends meet after the loss of a job, "severance" is a term that is sure to come up. As in, "do you have a severance package" or "what does my severance package provide?"

At Schwartz Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan, our employment law attorneys help employees make sense of severance and other employee benefits and employment contract issues.

Answers To Frequently Asked Severance Questions

We draw on our experience and in-depth knowledge of employment law to provide our clients with the answers they need to questions such as:

  1. Why does my severance agreement tell me to consult an attorney? There are a couple of reasons. One, including that in the fine print helps an employer avoid issues down the line if an employee claims they were not aware of their rights. Second, and most importantly, consulting an attorney is the best way to understand your rights and the options you have for pursuing them.
  2. Should I hire a lawyer to review my severance agreement? Yes.  Employment law and contracts can be complicated. Seeking the advice of a lawyer is the best way to make sure you are not being taken advantage of.
  3. Can I negotiate a better severance package? Much like paid vacation, severance packages can be negotiated prior to accepting the terms of an employment offer.
  4. What kind of severance package should I expect? Depending on what organization or entity you work for, your employment classification, and other factors, you can expect anything from no severance package at all to a severance package that represents a year or more of compensation. There is no one-size-fits-all or standardized severance package.
  5. When is a severance package offered or paid out? You will usually be offered a severance package at the time you are laid off or your employment is terminated. You may also be granted an offer of severance during buyout negotiations.
  6. Who qualifies for a severance package? Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for severance pay if it is not spelled out in their employment contract. However, the Worker Adjustment and Training Notification Act does require severance to be paid to workers who are part of a 100+ worker organization that fails to provide 60 days' notice prior o a company or departmental closure.

Still Have Severance Questions? Turn To Us For Answers

Contact our knowledgeable employment law attorneys today for a free consultation. We can answer your questions, make sure you understand your rights, and pursue your interests.