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I am a 56 year old woman in a senior director role for a major cosmetics firm. I have been with the firm for 9 years, with 7 promotions over that time, impeccable reviews and major salary increases every year. They are restructuring in the new year and eliminating my role, but offered me a role in another town that I would have to relocate to, which I don’t want to do. I offered to commute to that city at my cost, but they said no, they want the person to live in that city. They offered a severance of 16 weeks pay, 2 months of my current benefits and any bonus if earned at year end. This package seems extremely light to me. I was expecting a month for each year of service. Am I wrong?
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Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

I am sorry to hear of the problem.

The (very) general rule of thumb for severance pay is 2 weeks salary/yr of employment.

As you are probably aware, there is no legal obligation to pay severance to a departing employee, absent a contractual provision to the contrary.

So, anything the parties agree to is perfectly legal.

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