We have extensive experience negotiating severance packages for employees who are being terminated and for employees who want to resign. We have successfully and smoothly handled complex executive departures, leading to amicable terms and smooth transitions. Clients who want to leave without creating conflict and without damaging their reputation benefit from our approach and representation.
We have also represented numerous Amazon employees in severance negotiations. We help Amazon employees facing Pivot make a decision and then provide advice and representation related to the decision they make. If an employee has been terminated but has not signed a release of claims, we can also help them after-the-fact. We offer advice and strategy regarding how to handle Focus plans, performance evaluations, coaching and 1:1s, Improve Plans, appeal panels, RSUs and stock vests, extending employment, transferring, requesting ADA accommodations, taking medical and other leave, dealing with Human Resources, and negotiating severance pay. In a few cases, we have convinced Amazon to remove our client from Pivot entirely. For the small percentage of cases that do not result in settlement, we will file a lawsuit.
Although Microsoft employees are not subject to Pivot, there are signs that an employee is being pushed out to watch for, which usually result in being offered a Voluntary Separation Agreement, notice of position being eliminated, or termination without a severance offer being made. We advise Microsoft employees in any of these situations and can help with efforts to remain employed or to negotiate severance. We also represent Microsoft employees in workplace investigations and will file a lawsuit, if necessary.
We will work hard to get the best outcome for you. The list below contains terms and conditions we may be able to negotiate on your behalf:
- increased severance pay
- mutual non-disparagement;
- positive or neutral employment reference/verification;
- extended employment;
- garden leave (paid leave);
- property transfers;
- reimbursement for COBRA health care premiums;
- extension of employee benefits;
- release from obligations in employment contract;
- waiver of claims by employer;
- agreement not to dispute unemployment benefits;
- letter of recommendation;
- assistance finding a new job;
- allowing stocks to vest prior to termination;
- allow employee to send a "goodbye" email;
- agreement regarding message to be conveyed regarding departure;
- not being placed on no rehire list;
- removal from Pivot or PIP;
- reasonable accommodation;
- training and education;
- time to find a new position
- retirement annuity;
- early retirement
If you are being targeted or terminated, have been offered severance pay, want to keep your job, or plan to resign and want severance pay, we can provide advice and/or representation to help you reach your goals. We will also review your severance agreement to ensure your rights are not being violated and provide suggestions for your protection.
Many employers tell employees their severance agreement is not negotiable. Please do not let that stop you from contacting us. We have negotiated many "non-negotiable" severance agreements.
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