Q: I am over 40, and being terminated from my position. I was offered either a new role at a lower pay or a severence pkg
I said I preferred to work, and was given a written offer on Friday. They are asking me to sign and accept no later than end of day on monday. My question is, are they required to allow me more time like to consider the offer of the new role, or are they within their rights to limit the time? My live in CT but my job is in MA.(I know with severence, they are required to give you time to think, but wasn't sure if the same applied for offer of new position)
A: Severance is not necessarily a right an employee is entitled to automatically. In CT, there is no statute or law requiring an employer to provide an employee with severance. If an employer does provide an employee with severance, there are rules related to notice depending on the individuals age. There is usually also a revocation period. If an employee has an employment agreement, offer letter or an employee handbook requiring severance benefits at the end of the employment relationship, then the employee may be entitled to claim benefits as per the written agreements. However, again, most often severance is likely not a guaranteed option. In any event, you should probably speak to an experienced CT/MA employment lawyer. Best of luck with your employment situation.
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