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I have a question about what potential recourse I have with

I have a question about what potential recourse I have with my employer of 10 years, who I suspect will put me on a PIP this week.JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: CaliforniaJA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: at willJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Its a very large company (85K people, etc.)

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Patrick, Esq.

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Just got off. Told my position was no longer needed by the

Just got laid off. Told my position was no longer needed by the company, but they also just hired a consultant that will be doing exactly what I was doing. Long story short. They moved my position to another dept last November, the new manager hired new workers and was going to lay me off then, but my current boss kept me in another position as he needed my skills. 2 months ago, my boss up and quit and I got moved to that other dept anyway and am now being laid off. They only offered me 3 weeks severance. Just wondering if I have any recourse for a better severance?JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: UtahJA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: I'm pretty sure it was "at will". I've been there just over 3 years.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No way to prove it, but this was a personal thing. The new manager didn't like me for some reason.

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Patrick, Esq.

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Our department was recently offered a relocation package to

Our department was recently offered a relocation package to relocate from Plano, TX to Santa Clara, TX and a severance package if we do not accept the relocation offer.Company offered all of us a 10% increase in salary, and with the high living/housing cost, even if I'm interested in going there, I'm simply unable to afford the cost of living and unable to rent a place for our family. So I asked HR for a increase which was turned down based on the reason its company policy and that I should look for future possibilities, when I talked to my manager I was also turned down saying that it will be tough for first few month. But in reality, I can't go because I simply can't afford it. The lowest rent I can find will cost over half of my current monthly pay and I also have a family to take care.I also requested to stay here in Plano, TX since my primary job responsibility works closely day to day with department in Plano, TX, which was also turned down because my manager want our whole department to be in same office, and asked that my job responsibility can be passed to other employees that will reside in Plano, TX office, or I can continue use phone/email to communicate with Plano office department to support them if I do move to Santa Clara, and they can get someone else in Plano if necessary.I was also told I'm unable to negotiate my severance package since it is not required for company to offer anything at all and I should appreciate whats been offered.Is everything here legal and I should just accept the offers the way it is. I feel like the company simple want to get rid of us by intentionally offers a low relocation package.We heard rumors about the relocation last month, and This news came last week and we have 2 weeks to decide.I don't feel right about all this, but I don't know if there is actually anything wrong.

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Patrick, Esq.

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An employee has been caught adjusting her time clock

An employee has been caught adjusting her time clock entries. She is a retail employee of mine in the state of MD. I have executed a Disciplinary action on that and the situation around the time clock adjustment. Employee admits to the wrong doing, says "it was only this one time" which I'm not sure about and doesn't "know why I did it. I panicked." I feel its inappropriate to give this Manager a pass - sets bad precedent for the team. She has acknowledged the wrongdoing and knows i "have to do what I need to for the company." I've been advised to execute a termination and severance document but cannot find a template that does not seem overly cumbersome. I have grounds for termination...however I could "soften" the termination with a week's severance "to be nice" but MD law does not appear to require it. Or give her the option of immediate termination or acceptance of her resignation.I need:- guidance on which option to execute- termination template and guidance on delivering (e.g. do I need to set aside a certain period of time - like 21 days for her to review and sign...then 7 days to change her mind after signing to put this behind me and or issue severance payment.)

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Patrick, Esq.

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I was recently part of a mass layoff from Pearson education

I was recently part of a mass layoff from Pearson education and now I am trying to get an employee verification letter on from them that specifies my work experience (what I did in my job) so I can qualify for a teaching credential program. But they won't give me anything on letterhead or beyond just basic information of the dates that I worked there. I finally today got the name of the HR person so I have emailed her but I fear I may need a lawyer to get this information (and I don't think they are obligated to give it to me). What should I do? Why are they dragging their feet like this?

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I was just let go from my job of 16 years and wasn't given a

I was just let go from my job of 16 years and wasn't given a severance package and the other ones let go did. What should I do ?

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Patrick, Esq.

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After nearly 3 years of employment at a regional director

After nearly 3 years of employment at a regional director level I was laid off and given only 1 week severance pay. How do I fight for more fair compensation?

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Lucy, Esq.

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I'm 62 and have been with a company 39.5 years. After our

I'm 62 and have been with a company 39.5 years. After our company has had stellar growth in the last several years,I have been ask to take an option of 1) stepping down to a leeser role or taking a a package as part of an RIF. Package is 6 months salary and Cobra. I will be subject to High Medical expense , short of being able to sign up for Medicare ...or full Social Security benefits. I would like to take the early-out package , but I feel it is WAY LOW after 40 years of successful service. Any recourse? I pushed back and their answer was to leave me working 3 extra months.

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Patrick, Esq.

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Would someone who has worked years with a company be

Hello,Would someone who has worked for 24 years with a company be entitled to some sort of severance pay or benefits, if they have to resign from that employment, due to undue stress caused from that particular job? Also, the employee does not reside in the same State as the Employer. Which employment/labor law would apply, in that case?Thank you

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Patrick, Esq.

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