How long does an employer have to mail a severance check after the severance package was signed by

Was forced to signed severance package on the 15th of the month. The paperwork was ready, but the check was not. Was told the manager who works out of state would mail the check to a manager who is on site and no specific date was given, just that it would be mailed to another manager and then we would contacted later.

Do they have a specific amount of time to mail the check? This is a big blue company.

1 answer  |  asked Dec 20, 2009 09:40 AM [EST]  |  applies to North Carolina

Answers (1)

Reagan Weaver
Generally, the agreement that you say you were forced to sign will tell you when to expect the check. Does the agreement address the question? Termination pay in NC would be due by the next regular pay date unless there is a need to deduct for things for which you were responsible.

If the agreement does not give you a date certain and there were no amounts that needed to be calculated that you owed the company, then you should be able to expect the check within a reasonable period. I understand that "reasonable" is difficult to define, but if you wanted to threaten them with action by the NC Dept of Labor (for non-payment of wages), you would find that a reasonable period is going to at least include the end of the next regular pay period. If you haven't been paid by the time the next regular paycheck would have been paid, then you can go to NCDOL for their help. Of course, you can hire counsel to help you instead.

Good luck.

posted by Reagan Weaver  |  Dec 20, 2009 12:16 PM [EST]

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