Let me throw in my ha'pennoth if Pinky isn't going to bite.Originally Posted by contender
If you have fulfilled your contract and it's expired (through effluxion of time) being a short-term contract why would severance even arise? The contract won't have been broken (severed) so there would be no severance pay. There may be a contractual bonus payable to you on contract completion, but that's a separate matter. Check your contract, it'll be in there if you're entitled to one.
If you have been fired or made redundant by the university then there may, indeed, be severance pay to collect as your employer will have severed the contract by doing so. But in this case, you won't have
fulfilled your contract - your employer prevented you from fulfilling it.
If you have resigned from your position with notice, or walked out without notice, it is you who severed the contract. In this event, you would not be entitled to receive severance pay.
If both the university and you agreed that you should leave, then there would be no severance and so no severance pay.
That's my reading of it, anyway, for what it's worth.[/i]
Pauly has it right. You are only entitled to severance if you have a permanent position that gets canceled. You are not entitled if you are fired for cause or if you quit. Retirement is a special case but you would not be eligible for retirement benefits as a contract employee.
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