Despite the foreign citizenship and illegal status of the parent, the executive branch of the U. The same is true of children born to tourists and other aliens who are present in the United States in a legal but temporary status. Since large-scale tourism and mass illegal immigration are relatively recent phenomena, it is unclear for how long the U. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, have questioned whether the 14th Amendment should be read to mandate such a permissive citizenship policy.
In a recent decision, the U. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that former employees need not return severance pay before filing a lawsuit against an employer, when the employee alleges the severance agreement should be rescinded and is bringing discrimination claims under Title VII or the Equal Pay Act.
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This decision means that notwithstanding the fact that the employee signed a severance agreement and accepted severance pay upon leaving the company, the employee may still be able to sue and keep the severance money—if the employee claims she was coerced into signing the agreement.
Given this, it is important for employers to review their severance practices, in order to ensure the process is fair, help protect against claims of coercion, and safeguard the company during the process. When employers enter into severance agreements with departing employees, they do so with the expectation that the agreement will resolve all legal claims between the two parties.
In exchange for additional compensation, the employee promises not to sue the company, and the two parties part ways. Most of the time this works, and the severance agreement is the end of it.
However, sometimes employees have second thoughts after signing a severance agreement. And if the employee can assert persuasive enough facts surrounding the presentation and execution of the agreement, sometimes employees can actually rescind severance agreements.
Notwithstanding this, at common law there was a legal doctrine that helped to preclude such attempts—the common law tender-back doctrine. In other words, if an employee claimed that she was coerced into signing a severance agreement, she would be required to return the severance payment before she could sue her former employer.
Recently, however, the Sixth Circuit held that the tender-back doctrine does not apply to claims brought under Title VII or the Equal Pay Act, and the Court held that a former employee need not return her severance pay before filing suit.
Background on the Case In McClellan v. The plaintiff appealed to the Sixth Circuit. Accordingly, at least in the Sixth Circuit, employees who have previously signed a severance agreement need not return their severance pay before filing Title VII or Equal Pay Act claims.
Instead, the Sixth Circuit stated that any severance pay previously paid to the employee could be deducted from any ultimate award in the lawsuit. Whether former employees can successfully do so depends on the circumstances under which the severance agreement was presented and executed.
Accordingly, now is a good time for employers to review their severance agreements and practices, to help avoid allegations similar to those brought in this lawsuit—that the employee was pressured into signing the agreement, rushed through the process, and not given an opportunity to fully understand its terms.
Following are some best practices to consider: Give the employee time to review any severance agreement, even for younger employees.
For employees over 40 years of age, employers must provide a day period to review the agreement and allow the employee to revoke the agreement within 7 days. This is not a requirement for younger employees, but providing the employee with a reasonable time to review anywhere from a few days to a week insulates the employer from claims that the employee was coerced into signing.
Allow the employee to take the severance agreement home with her. This allows the employee ample time to consider the proposal, and talk it over with her family. And an employee will be hard pressed to claim she did not voluntarily enter into the agreement when she took it home, executed it, and then returned it to the company.
Inform the employee that she may consult an attorney, if she wishes. Although not necessary in every circumstance, encouraging that the employee consult an attorney will help protect the employer against claims of coercion.
Consider having two managers or supervisors present the severance offer to the departing employee. Instruct the manager or supervisor relaying the severance offer to take notes, even if nothing of substance occurred during the meeting.
This way, the company will have a record that the meeting occurred and knowledge as to whether any issues were raised during the meeting. If issues were raised, the company can proactively resolve them.
Above all, the goal of any severance offer is to treat the employee fairly and professionally, while at the same time protecting the company and ensuring closure for all sides.QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON CHILD LABOUR Q: When does children’s work become child labour? Children's work is a broad term that includes both worst forms of child labour at one extreme and beneficial work contributing to the child's development at the other.
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