California Employment Law Report

California Employment Law Report

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Tag Archives: severance agreements

Severance agreements under California law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Terminations, Uncategorized
This video is the third installment of three videos covering issues surrounding terminations in California.  For today’s Friday’s Five, in this final video in the series I discuss five common questions employers have about severance agreements: When are severance agreements appropriate in California? What are common terms in severance agreements? Such as a non-disparagement clauses and… Continue Reading

Termination checklists: five considerations to start with

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Privacy, Terminations, Wrongful Termination
Happy Friday!  This Friday’s Five focuses on the termination process.  Employers should develop a termination checklist to ensure all documents and contingencies are consistently covered during the process.  Here are five pointers employers can use to start in developing their own checklist: 1.      Final wages must be timely paid. The employee’s wages must be paid… Continue Reading

Severance Agreements In California – Items To Consider

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
What does the agreement have to be titled? I was recently asked if the severance agreement needs to have a specific title in order to be valid. The title does not have to contain specific words, and are usually titled "general release" or "severance agreement." The title, unless it is clearly erroneous or confusing, does… Continue Reading

Court Holds Employer’s Settlement Agreement With Individual Class Members Is Valid

Posted in Class Actions, Exempt Employees, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
In Chindarah v. Pick Up Stix, Inc. (February 26, 2009) the court of appeal held that employers may enter into settlement agreements with current and former employees over disputed wage claims. At issue in the case was whether the employer’s settlement and release agreements entered into with individual employees settling disputed overtime wages were valid… Continue Reading

What Is The Appropriate Amount For Severance?

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Wrongful Termination
While severance is not required under the law, many employers who are terminating or laying employees off voluntarily offer severance to employees. Usually, the severance is tied to a release of claims that the employee may have against the employer. I am often asked about the amounts appropriate amounts of severance. The Connecticut Employment Law… Continue Reading