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  • Florida Severance Expectation?

    What can a laid off employee EXPECT in terms of severance? My wife's company was just purchased and the new owners are laying her off. She's the only one in the whole place. Her dad - the previous owner - did nothing to try to get her any type of severance and no one seems to be looking out for her besides me!!! I'd like to know if there is any legal recourse we would have/expectations for severance for her? The new company hasn't done anything to help and I'm absolutely infuriated at how she's being treated by her own family (covering their own rears), and the new company (who obviously couldn't care less).

    Rob

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    There are only three states where severance is ever required by law. Florida is not one of them. And even in those three states, it is required only in certain mass layoff situations.

    Unless she had a bona fide, legally binding contract or CBA guaranteeing severance, in which case she is owed whatever it says she is owed, she has no legal expectation of severance at all.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    • #3
      That's what I thought.

      That's absolutely crazy. Thanks for the answer though. We're screwed bigtime - her last day is Wednesday. She needs to get a job with the Teamsters!

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      • #4
        My husband is a Teamster and his company is undergoing layoffs. The "severence" is anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks pay..and 3 weeks is the max if you've been there over 15 years.

        Yes, its better than none, but for the dues he's paid over the years, its pathetic!
        I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
        Thomas Jefferson

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        • #5
          Thanks Morgana - I sympathize with you. 1-3 weeks would be better than what we're getting, but it seems like a lot of people are getting screwed these days.

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          • #6
            It's the current economic conditions. All companies are trying to save money.

            Your wife needs to apply for unemployment ins. & look for other employment.

            Good luck to her.
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