Anyone have a recommendation for a good lawyer to review the severance package?
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Did you calculate the months/yr on Base Salary or Total Rewards?
I've been told the severance should be based on Total Rewards (including RRSP, savings plan, health benefits and bonus). You should also get more weeks if you were management or are older, as it will take longer to find another similar job.
If you were management there are fewer of those jobs available
If you are older fewer companies will hire you
I had a lawyer review my severance. I had 20 years and got better than 1 month per years of service - roughly better than 2 years pay. He said best thing you could do is go back to your HR rep and see if they could do better. I tried this and of course it was a no-go. Lawyer said it was a fair deal, so why push any more? Just signed it to be done with it.
If the Fed is not supporting enough Alberta PM can't do much either. Don't count on him, count on yourself
What is Jason Kenney doing?
- More cuts to education and health care to support the oil and gas industry?
- Ministers vacationing in some warm country during a pandemic?
- More cuts to our safety net?
- What is he doing to help pivot our economy?
- Where is the heritage fund?
- Oil will continue to decline even with a pipeline
In Alberta, the legal requirement is 1 week pay for every year you worked for the company, up to a maximum of 8 weeks. However, it can be a "Working Notice" meaning you have to work during your severance.
Now there is something called "Common Law", which basically means if the industry common practice is to give 2 weeks for every year, your lawyer can argue that this is a common practice in the industry and Husky is not adhering to this. I thought this was odd that a law can exist by virtue over others doing the same thing, but I'm not a lawyer.
There is generally a break even point of approximately 10 year of service where it become economical to peruse legal action. You can always phone a lawyer as ask them if it's worth your while to sue. However be aware you will be burning you bridges with Husky. So if you are certain you won't be going back, then it might be worthwhile.
In my case, I never perused any action because I found work almost right away. I ended up being hired back. Anyone who sued the company did not get hired back.
Legally, I believe the minimum is one week per year of service. In the courts precedents have been set in AB for 1,5 - 2 months per year of service. I got significantly more and I was only with the company for three years. A lot depends on your position and how you were perceived as a worker.
If You got the minimum, you would do well to have a lawyer negotiate on your behalf. My lawyer thought I was a manager but I was not. They would represent me ( of course) but I was compensated well and there is little chance I would do better. I personally know another worker that did not do as well. They were there longer than me. They have a lawyer on retainer working to get a better deal. I hope it works out. Everyone must evaluate their own situation and go from there.
Sad. The vultures are circling. If anyone really wants to use a lawyer tell them they can have half of the settlement over and above what you would have received without a lawyer. See how many vultures are interested in picking at those bones.
I agree don't waste your money on lawyers, 2 weeks pay for each year of service, is about as good as you can hope for. I think legally they don't have to give you anything but 2 weeks notice. Although there is precedent for 2 weeks per yr of service, so if you get that take it and move on.
Don't waste your money on lawyers, true suggestion. If you got at least 2 weeks pay for each year of service, you cannot get anything more than that. If you got more than that then be happy and just move on.
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I would recommend lawyer who knows about husbandry - “because we have milked the oil cow all these years”. No more milk 🥛 left from the cow 🐄.
Not sure if you will get a large payout as the oil industry is dying.
Any calls yet Jason? Pretty quite downtown these days but I’m sure there’s an ambulance to find somewhere down there.
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