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Austin Severance Agreement Lawyer

Severance agreements are legal contracts between an employee and an employer that specify an employment termination's terms, such as in the case of a layoff. The agreement could also be referred to as a termination or separation agreement, along with an addendum not to sue and a release. When you are presented with a severance agreement, I at the Law Offices of Kell A. Simon recommend the following:

Review And Understand All Contract Terms And Documents

It is critical that every employee thoroughly understand the contract terms and all documents that make up the contract. They should be clear and specific. In particular, for employees 40 or over, the law requires that the contract be written in an understandable manner. This generally means that it should not contain long, complex sentences or technical jargon. If it is the least bit confusing, contact an attorney - such as severance agreement lawyer Kell Simon - to seek advice. Not doing so could jeopardize your ability to negotiate the employment termination properly.

Note Deadlines

Usually, there is a deadline for accepting or declining any agreement, but it should be reasonable. Employees 40 or over are required to receive at least 21 days to review the agreement. During that time, it is in every employee's best interest to have the agreement reviewed by a qualified employment law attorney.

Employers placing an unreasonable sense of urgency on signing the documents or imposing a lack of time are a red flag. Any employer trying to rush a decision may be attempting to be deceitful. Employers that are fair understand that it is not possible to review or make a decision concerning such an important document as a severance agreement without adequate time.

Consult With An Employment Law Attorney

Even employees who are parting in an amicable manner should ask for guidance about signing an agreement to ensure that the terms are reasonable. There may be some lawful and appropriate adjustments and terms that should be revised or added.

Schedule an initial consultation on any employment-related matter Kell by calling 512-898-9019 or contacting him online. Kell will ensure that your best interests are protected and that you do not unknowingly give up any rights by signing a severance agreement without proper guidance.

Based in Austin, Kell serves as counsel to clients in severance agreement matters and other employment law cases throughout Texas.