Monthly Archives: February 2016

Should I sign a severance agreement?

Should I sign a severance agreement?
“All good things must come to an end”
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote that “all good things must come to an end.” Even the most harmonious employment relationships will reach an inevitable conclusion whether due to retirement, relocation, business decisions or a mutual agreement to part ways. In some of these situations the employer may offer an employee a severance agreement or package.

A severance agreement is a legally enforceable contract between an employee and an employer.  This agreement usually grants the employee certain benefits, whether it is pay for a specific period of time, the continuation of health benefits or other terms that can be negotiated. Employers, however, do not often give severance agreements out of the kindness of their hearts but rather do so to protect the employer from any claims that the employee may have against the employer. The agreement may also contain non-compete and/or non-solicitation provisions that can have a profound impact after the employment relationship has ended.

If you receive a severance offer, it is inadvisable to think that the employer is magnanimous and to sign the document without the legal guidance to ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions contained within that document. A severance will often give the employee continued salary for a short specified period in exchange for the signing of a release that forever releases the employer from claims that may have occurred during the employee’s employment. The questions that often arise in these situations are whether the employer is offering a good deal? Is the severance adequate for the rights that the employee is giving up? What are the rights that the employee is giving up? What are the employee’s obligations after […]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Employment law|1 Comment|

Should I Get A Restraining Order

Should I get a Restraining Order?
Restraining Orders are often referred to as “Abuse Prevention Orders” in the Courts and are effective tools that can be used to provide a level of protection to someone who is in fear of imminent danger of physical harm from a family member or intimate partner. When a Restraining Order is issued against someone, that person must abide by the rules set forth in the Order or possibly suffer criminal consequences to their actions. In order to obtain a Abuse Prevention Order, you must go to either your local Probate and Family Court or District Court and complete an application and an affidavit and attend at least one hearing. If you are in an abusive relationship, the Restraining Order is an important tool in obtaining your safety. There are certain circumstances where you may be able to obtain an Restraining Order on behalf of a third party such as your children.

Restraining Orders can prohibit a Defendant from being within a certain number of feet from a victim, prohibit access to places like schools or employment, prohibit any contact via third parties, and, at times, even prohibit contact with the parties’ children. It is important to consider all the issues as well as the pros and cons prior to seeking a Restraining Order.

If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance call us today at (508) 880-6677 for a consultation with an experienced Restraining Order attorney.

Our law firm is centrally located in Raynham and Plymouth MA and serves all of Eastern Massachusetts.

By Janna K. Saad, Esq