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Recently, my fiancee got layed off from a company he worked for for nine years. They called him into the office and handed him only a check for one week severence and sent him on his way. I have been told by several people that it's supposed to be one week for every year worked. Can you please clear this up for me? Is that right or is it employer discretion?

1 answer  |  asked Oct 15, 2003 10:22 AM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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Joseph Heppt
Severance Pay Under NY Law

An employer is not required to pay severance to an employee unless there is an agreement between the employer and employee providing for such payment. Frequently, the employer's benefits plan provided to employees includes severance payments. In that case, the benefits plan can constitute and "agreement" entitling the employee to receive such payments.

posted by Joseph Heppt  |  Oct 15, 2003 10:42 AM [EST]

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