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A written notice as follows is required under Cal law: http://www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_taxes/pdf/NoticetoEmployeeastoChangeinRelationship.pdf
Severance is not required under Cal or federal law.
If you provided benefits you also need to ensure he gets cobra notice, and an unemployment pamphlet - http://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de2320.pdf.
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