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Florida Severance Pay Laws Explained

Florida severance pay helps employees transition to life’s next phase after an unexpected work disruption, such as a layoff. Below, check out the severance pay definition and the Florida statutes surrounding it.

Severance Pay Defined

Severance pay is a benefit offered to employees when they leave due to layoffs, closing, or contractual obligations. Florida severance pay and unemployment benefits help employees pay their bills and reduce the stress of finding a new position.

Florida Statutes

Florida statutes don’t require employers to offer severance pay. However, it must not exceed 20 weeks of compensation under Florida Stat. 215.425.

Employer Requirements for Severance Pay

Employer requirements for severance pay include calculating it correctly, complying with severance pay laws, and dealing with enforcement issues.

How to calculate severance pay

Here’s how to calculate severance pay:

  • Step 1: Find the employee’s weekly pay rate
  • Step 2: Multiply this number by years of service
  • Step 3: Add the monetary equivalent of unused vacation time
  • Step 4: Add a month’s average commissions for each year worked
  • Step 5: This number is the total severance payout

For example, Employee A makes $1,000/week, has one week of unused vacation, no commissions, and worked with the company for five years. The total severance payout is $6,000.

Complying with Severance Pay Laws

Complying with severance pay laws is critical to public policy and profitability. Speak with Florida labor lawyers to review compliance-related issues.


Federal and state laws establish severance pay requirements. Employees enforce settlements through the civil court system.

Florida Severance Agreements

Florida severance agreements are negotiable but may require both parties to meet some conditions first:

Negotiating Florida Severance Agreements

When negotiating Florida severance agreements, consider the following tips:

  • Tip #1: Think win-win when it comes to both sides
  • Tip #2: Consider a lump sum severance pay and unemployment package
  • Tip #3: No one has to accept the first offer

Here is an article on severance package negotiation.

Employee Separation Agreements

Florida employee separation agreements previously establish whether severance is payable upon meeting specific conditions. Employers must adhere to Florida severance agreement clauses. In exchange, employees can sign a severance agreement and release with a non-compete clause.

Severance Pay for Employees

If you wonder about how to get severance pay, it depends upon your employment situation and Florida layoff laws in your location. Florida employment lawyers can help you learn more about your options and what you can demand in a resignation letter.

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