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Uneven Severance Packages May Create Discrimination Claims

A severance agreement helps to allow businesses to ensure that former employees don't sue. The concept is fairly simple: in exchange for $X, the former employee agrees to release the company from every claim under the sun from the beginning of time through the date the former employee signs the...

6 Keys to Having Your Age Discrimination Release Hold up in Court

You're about to have a reduction in force and you're going to offer a severance package to those effected: one week of salary for every year of service in exchange of a full release of all claims. If one or more employees affected by the reduction in force is 40 years of age or older, you'd...

Supreme Court Holds Certain Severance Payments Are Taxable Wages for FICA Purposes

On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. , 572 U.S. ___ (2014), No. 12-1408 [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], that severance payments made to employees involuntarily terminated in connection with Quality Stores’...

You Can Take My Word For It....At Least For Now

In Klein v. HP Pelzer Automotive Systems, Inc. , the Michigan court of appeals reversed the lower court's grant of summary disposition on the claim that the employer breached an express contract to pay severance [a n enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers] . It vacated...

When Can an Employer Give Working Notice?

In the wake of Target closing its Canadian doors this month, we have had some of our employer clients asking about the pros and cons of working notice. The 17,600 employees of Target have received at least 16 weeks of notice each, but many will be expected to work all or part of those 16 weeks rather...

I Want to Quit My Job, Get a Severance and Be Eligible for Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits

I Am Being Bullied at Work by a Co-Worker and Neither HR or Management Have Effectively Addressed My Complaint Every week, I am contacted by 2-3 people who want to know if they can quit their job and get unemployment benefits. The most common reason, by far, that people want to quit their job is the...