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2013

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eMployMenT law fiReD! yoU���Re first thing: don���t Panic and JUst Blindly sign anything right aWay. take time to think throUgh the conseQUences. BY sioBhan mcclelland Y ou���re in a meeting with your employer and have just been told that you���re job is being terminated. It is a terrible shock, but on top of that, your employer is handing you documents and asking you to sign them. While you may feel pressure to sign right away, the next steps you take could affect your financial future as you prepare to re-enter the job market. ���I always tell people that they should take some time to think about what they need to do and think about their options,��� says employment lawyer Andrea Wobick of Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, adding that she often sees employees panic and sign agreements without thinking through the consequences. The first step to determining what severance package is appropriate is to look at whether the employee was ���terminated with cause,��� such as in circumstances of theft or criminal misconduct. If terminated for cause, Wobick says employees are not entitled to any termination or 20

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