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Our company is being acquired.. I was given an offer letter

our company is being acquired.. I was given an offer letter today with a deadline to sign today. Is there a time frame for me to go over the paperwork? can I ask for severance pay from the old company especially if the new company is paying less?

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Patrick, Esq.

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My husband was let go with no warning from his job. He had

My husband was let go with no warning from his job. He had worked for the company for 13+ years. Often working 80-90 hr weeks. Many days not even stopping to take a lunch. He was a feedlot manager(therefore ag labor laws apply). He was fired in the middle of the month and given the whole months paycheck. He was also verbally promised a severance check of one months wages , which he did not receive. The home we lived in was on premises of the feedlot and were given 30 days to vacate premises. Do we have any recourse or should we cut our losses?

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Christopher B, Esq.

Attorney

Juris Doctor

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I was just off after being contracted out to a large

I was just laid off after being contracted out to a large Integrated Facility Management firm 3.5 years ago. Company allowed me to carry over my 13 years of seniority and pay of $78,000. The new firm said that they could provide facility management services for a set amount. After a year or so they realized they were short funds plus did not figure taxes into the budget which came to a large amount. They were going to let me go (bc of my pay)to make up some of the shortfall, but decided not to bc I was a valued employee and they transferred my pay to corporate office. Shortly after, I began working offsite for corporate and after a year they have decided to release me so that they can realize their savings in the coming year. They did not say that but it is obvious. I make double what my coworkers make. I am 60 years old. They have offered me 6 weeks severance. I feel like the severance is based on the last three years and not my 16 years of seniority. Should I seek counsel for the severance pay? And, i feel as though i have been discriminated against because my pay was high bc of my age and service. ??JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in? What confuses you?Customer: TexasJA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: which agreementJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Texas is an at will state

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Marsha411JD

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If you are an officer of a company (non public, in my case),

if you are an officer of a company (non public, in my case), is there a minimum severance amount owed to you? or is it totally discretionary, like for all other employees?JA: Have you documented this or discussed it with HR?Customer: No- just happened.JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: full time- no employment agreement, per seJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I live in NJ, work in PA for a company registered in DE

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Marsha411JD

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I was terminated the day I was leaving on my vacation I was

Hi my name is ***** ***** was terminated the day I was leaving on my vacation I was employ for two years and seven months full time as a nanny I have a contract that I am to received two weeks salary for my vacation and also I am asking am I entitle to severance

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Ely

Counselor at Law

Juris Doctor

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I work for a non-profit organization. I was recently told

I work for a non-profit organization. I was recently told that my position was being eliminated. I realize I am an "at will" employee, and can be fired for basically any reason (as long as it is not illegal). My employer is letting me work for an additional 2 weeks, plus giving me severance pay. However, they have instructed me that I can't talk about my position being elimination. They have basically given me a "script" with what they want me to say. I do not want to lie to the volunteers I've worked with. Can the company retaliate against me if I state actual reason for my termination?

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Allen M., Esq.

JAG officer and former adjunct prof.

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

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After 29 years of employment with my company I'm afraid I

After 29 years of employment with my company I'm afraid I might be laid off by the end of the year. Up until six months ago they always offered severance pay in the employee handbook. New president came in and removed it. Now I'm afraid I won't get it. Yet I read somewhere on the internet. That if you could prove other employees before you had severance pay you might have a chance on receiving it as well. Would I have a case if they did not give it to me?

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Loren

Juris Doctor

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I'm 57 yrs old & have worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

I'm 57 yrs old & have worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage for 26 yrs, part-time evenings. I work 3 evenings, a total of 21 hrs/week. I have full benefits (i.e. 401k match, vacation, profit share, full medical). Along with my base salary, I receive 15% shift differential. I am also eligible for severance pay, which is capped at 25 yrs of service at 16 mths. Approx mid-July, we were informed that the dept will no longer exist, therefore, we are being transitioned into a 40 hr week, Mon-Fri. The position is considered lateral, but is an entry-level data entry position. We currently are titled as Loan Originators & duties included processing, closing, & underwriting duties. We also assisted with borrower's questions and/or concerns regarding their loan process. Shouldn't they have offered us a choice between displacement with severance and continued employment, since the work schedule & position are totally different?JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Minnesota.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Of the 8 people affected by this, 3 are 55+ & have 25+ yrs service.

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Marsha411JD

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I submitted a complaint about my boss to HR outside my

I submitted a complaint about my boss to HR outside my retail location. 2 weeks later I found myself on a performance plan with several moving targets to hit. I have since been terminated. Before being fired, I had tried one last thing to get some appropriate action; I submitted an ethics complaint to Lowe's employee relations. As a result, I received a letter in the mail for a “severance pay offer” that apparently Lowes set up for qualifying employees in about 2012. The offer they made is about half of what I think it should be, considering I would be restricted from working for a competitor for 12 months. Since the last 8 years of my career has been with Lowes or a retailer who could be a competitor, this poses a problem. I can't use my experience and skills to their fullest for 12 months…and that limits my income. I have found another job for much less money, so I'm not going to starve or lose my home.So, should I submit a counteroffer? And if my counteroffer was submitted with some sort of attorney involvement (ie. Letter head, or on behalf of…) would this be more convincing…resulting in acceptance of my counteroffer?

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Allen M., Esq.

JAG officer and former adjunct prof.

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

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