You should first start with understanding all the basics. A severance agreement is a legally enforceable agreement between you and your employer. This agreement can be negotiated before you exit or after exiting. You will never be able to sue the employer in the future if you sign the agreement. You should hire a lawyer in this case so that you will know exactly what you are going to receive. Severance negotiations always involve your investment of time and money but not emotions. Hiring an attorney will earn you a higher settlement.
Ensure that you ask for a reasonable amount of money during a severance agreement. You will spend more time in litigation when you demand an unreasonable amount. In this case you should think about the amount you will ask for depending on your basic salary and bonus. It is important to note that all severance agreements contain confidentiality clauses. Confidentiality clauses restrict you from disclosing any contents of the agreements. This is normally a standard provision in every agreement. Disclosing this information to anyone might make you lose a lot. The severance agreement will be forfeited by the employer if he finds this out. The release of claims will then remain in force.
You can always find a legal claim if you are not satisfied with what you are offered. It will be advisable for you to seek the services of a lawyer in this case. Your employer will be forced to give you a higher severance amount. You may end up losing a lot of money if you negotiate your own severance agreement. There are non-competition and non-solicitation provisions in the agreement that you should consider. Your next job will not have any interruptions in this case. This is in a case where you violated these provisions. Ensure that you avoid agreeing to such provisions if you did not sign for them in the agreements.
You should only sign for a severance agreement if you are ready. The employer is required to give you enough time to review your agreement. You can seek employment once you have signed severance agreements. The employer can in this case waive any right to seek employment. You will not have to stay long enough without a job in this case. You can be able to fill out a claim in case you are denied severance.
You will enjoy the benefits once you sign a release agreement. In every severance agreement you should always ask for mutual release of claims. Release of all claims by the employer will be contained in the agreement in this case. Even if you do anything to warrant a legal case by the employer nothing will change. Agreeing of both parties to release mutual claims makes everything easier.