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March 10, 2009 11:34 AM Subscribe
HR is claiming I need to waive a week of severance pay. How do I proceed?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total)
I was laid off late last week, and given a severance package. I didn't sign the severance agreement until today (haven't sent it yet), and now HR is claiming I need to waive a week of severance pay. I called HR today for an unrelated issue, and they mentioned that they'd like to remind me to send back my signed severance agreement, along with a note that I would waive seven days of pay since they did not have my agreement in hand and therefore could not put me on payroll.
This was not at all clear to me at the time I was laid off, though in re-examining the severance agreement I guess their claim could stand up, though it's not mentioned explicitly that I would not get paid if I didn't send the severance agreement back immediately. Nowhere does it say I'll lose any of the pay they offered, unless I didn't sign within a time that's later than now.
So, should I send a letter waiving my claim to 7 days' pay with my separation agreement? If not, what is the best way to go about disputing their claim? Like most people, I really can't afford to lose seven days of pay right now. I worked in NYC for a company based in CA, if that is relevant.