Executive Compensation & Exit Strategy/Negotiations

Your Employment Contract Should Work for You

In this competitive job market, many executive candidates undervalue their contributions to the hiring company. They delay retaining an employment attorney to help negotiate their contracts because they don’t want to appear demanding or ungrateful. The fact is, however, that companies expect you to be represented, and it’s much easier to bring in an attorney at the beginning of the process than to wait until things go awry.

A comprehensive employment contract may cover issues such as:

  • Compensation
  • Performance metrics
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Employment benefits
  • Bonuses
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Stock options
  • Severance packages

Severance Package Negotiations

The terms of a severance agreement can dramatically impact how you are able to move forward with your career. Jeannette can advise you of your legal rights and help you develop a sound exit strategy. She can also negotiate with your employer in order to protect your rights and maximize your compensation package.

Typically, employers only provide severance pay to employees who are laid off because of job reorganization, restructuring, or downsizing, but some employers pay severance to terminated employees in recognition of past service. Employers generally require an employee to sign a Separation Agreement and General Release that explains their right to severance pay.

Senior-level employees can also negotiate severance packages at the outset of employment. In addition to obtaining higher pay and health benefits, an experienced attorney may be able to modify or remove objectionable provisions. Jeannette will negotiate severance packages in a manner that protects your rights and maximizes your compensation.

If you’d like to learn more about your rights, contact Jeannette for a free consultation at (415) 444-5800 or by filling out a confidential consultation form here.