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Posts from January 2014.
January 6, 2014
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As a business owner, it is inevitable that there will come a time when, for some reason or another, you will need to terminate an employee. In many circumstances an employer will use a severance agreement to obtain a release for any potential liability under which a severance amount will be paid. As with many employee-employer issues, there are certain potential pitfalls that surround severance agreements that an employer needs to take into consideration when offering severance.

Potential Pitfalls in Offering Severance Agreements

Put the Agreement in Writing:  This first issue seems like an obvious requirement, but in the event an employer is offering severance payment it is the best business practice to put it in writing that contains a release for the employer.  Unless agreed to otherwise, an employer is under no obligation to offer severance pay.  In the event the employer wants to pay such amounts, it needs to get the agreement memorialized in writing.