New Hampshire Severance Agreement Attorneys
We Can Help You Look Before You Leap
Every day, employees are laid off or terminated for a variety of reasons. At this emotional and upsetting moment, it is common for employers to present employees with severance agreements in exchange for some amount of continued compensation. Our New Hampshire severance agreement lawyers will help you determine if the agreement makes sense for you in light of the important rights that you are waiving or giving up.
Frequently, employees feel pressured by their employers to sign severance agreements. Do not let the company pressure you into signing it until you have discussed your options with an experienced employment attorney like the ones at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.
Severance Agreement Obligations
Under New Hampshire law, an employer is not required to offer a severance package unless it is part of your employment agreement or set forth in a company policy. Before you sign a severance agreement, you need to understand each of the terms, because the main purpose the employer is offering a severance agreement in exchange a severance payment or for some money is to obtain a waiver of your rights—mainly, your right to sue your employer.
A severance agreement is drafted by the employer’s lawyers and contains any terms the employer wants to put in.
Typically, in exchange for some continuation of salary for a certain period of time, severance agreements may include new obligations along with surrendering your right to sue your employer, including:
- Releasing all claims against the employer
- Non-disparagement by employee
- Confidential information
- Non-competition and non-solicit provisions
- Cooperation provisions
The New Hampshire severance agreement attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. have years of experience advising clients and can help you, too.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- NH Commission for Human Rights
- NH Department of Employment Security
- NH Department of Labor
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- NH Supreme Court Decision Wrongful Discharge by Justice Charles Douglas