Employer requires employee to be available by phone and in person during term of severance payments.

Employee agrees that, during the time period she is receiving payments under this Agreement, Employee will make Employee's self available to Company either by phone or, if Company believes necessary, in person upon reasonable notice, to assist Company in any matter relating to the services performed by Employee during Employee's employment with the Company.

1 answer  |  asked May 13, 2013 06:38 AM [EST]  |  applies to Massachusetts

Answers (1)

Kevin McGann
Most clauses like this insert "reasonably available". Yours sounds likely to be abusive.

Understand, nobody owes you a severance agreement. It is a private deal between you and the company: they give you money, and in return you agree not to sue them etc. You don't have to take it. You can add language of your own, too.

In this situation, it is up to you what kind of a deal you think you can bargain for. With these extra expectations they have, you can "charge" them for more money in severance or put a limit on time involved, so they don't abuse your help. After all, they must have discharged you because they didn't need you.

posted by Kevin McGann  |  May 13, 2013 7:37 PM [EST]

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