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Can I negotiate the severance package offered to me?

A severance package is a contract between an employer and an employee that is sometimes offered when the employee leaves the company. Often, as part of the severance agreement the employee must agree not to sue the employer. In exchange for this, the employer offers severance pay. In many cases, employees have at least 21 days to accept a severance deal, and are able to negotiate the severance terms. Depending on your situation, it may be helpful to have a lawyer review your severance package before you agree to it.

How much money should the severance pay be?

Can you take a gun to work in Indiana?

With the frequent amount of shooting tragedies in the nation within the last couple of years, many citizens and politicians are reviewing the state’s gun policy to get a better understanding of their right to bear arms in Indiana.

The increasing fear of gun violence in the country might make employers act rashly should they discover a firearm in your possession, and you should not have to suffer the consequences for their misunderstanding. While Indiana is more lenient than other states when it comes to who can carry guns and where, it is important for employees to know their rights and limitations before deciding to take a gun to work.

Is my employer required to give me a break?

Working long hours can wear you out. It’s hard to do one thing for long periods of time. If you recently started a job working for extended amounts of time you might be wondering when and if you’re supposed to get a break.

Each state has different policies and laws about employee rights to breaks.

Recordings: Is It a Good Idea to Make One?

I get asked all the time by clients whether they should make a recording of what is going on in the workplace, and the answer is not simple. If you can capture some 'damning' evidence it can be invaluable to proving your claims. But it is not as easy as just asking and getting an answer that serves as an admission that your rights are being violated. Here are some things to think about when deciding if making a recording might be a good idea:

Ending the cycle of silence from mandatory arbitration clauses

On February 12, 2017 all 50 state attorneys general sent a signed letter to Congress demanding that victims of sexual harassment are allowed to have their day in court by ending the practice of mandatory arbitration. Spurred on by the Me Too movement, it is the first time in over a decade they have taken action together.

A controversial practice

Time off to take care of family

There is nothing more important in life than family. Sometimes it takes your full attention to deal with the events. This might be caring for a spouse, caring for yourself, or anticipating a new arrival. It’s important to be there when your family needs you.

That can mean that you need time off from work to take care of things. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) you are entitled to time off to deal with these things without fear of losing your job. Sometimes, however, employers aren’t aware of these rights and may make it difficult for you. Don’t let your employer make you choose between work and family and be sure you protect your rights.

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