obligated after lay-off?

I was recently notified that a dozen of us will be laid off with severance pay at the end of June. I am a supervisor with extensive knowledge of the company and how it works. My work nickname is 411. That being said, when I am gone and a current employee calls me for information or how to do something (because they do not have me training anyone in particular-even though I am showing some people some stuff on my own) am I in any way obligated to tell them?

1 answer  |  asked Jun 12, 2008 09:33 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
You have no obligation to work once your employment terminates

Dear 411:

Once the company terminates your employment, you have no further obligation to it, unless the Severance Agreement states otherwise. If it does, and if you have not yet signed it, I suggest that you attempt to negotiate a reasonable fee for calls that you might get. Otherwise, if the severance agreement is silent except to say that your employment will be terminated as of a specific date, you have no obligation to provide further services.

If you do get a call, look at it as an opportunity to sell your services to the company as a consultant. It sounds like it would be worth it for them to keep you on a retainer, at least for a time.

Best regards,

Neil Klingshirn.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Jun 12, 2008 09:44 AM [EST]

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