Who notifies my previous employer that I've secured a new job so that severance payments are stopped

I am receiving severance payments. My agreement is that the payments to me are only until I find other employment. Other than me personally telling my prior employer that I've found a new job, how else will they be notified?

1 answer  |  asked Aug 18, 2009 10:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to Arizona

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Francis Fanning
There is no assurance that your former employer will discover that you have a new job if you don't report it to the old employer. However, it is likely that the information will come to light at some future date, and the old employer will then demand repayment of the excess severance payments. Depending on the amount overpaid, you may be facing a lawsuit that will seek attorney fees and interest as well as a refund of the overpayment. As in most situations, honesty is the best policy.
If you ever intend to use the former employer as a reference in the future, your honesty about finding new employment and ending the payment of severance will likely be seen as refreshing and admirable and a reason to praise you as a reliable employee. Trying to get some extra money by not reporting it will likely poison your reputation with the former employer and taint any good reference you might otherwise expect.

posted by Francis Fanning  |  Aug 19, 2009 11:05 AM [EST]

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