I was offered 24 months worth of various reimbursements upon relocating to Louisiana. If I am laid off, am I still entitled?

My company relocated me from Dallas, TX to Monroe, LA after I was offered a
higher paying position. The relocation agreement included a 5000 lump sum plus
reimbursement for travel back and forth from Dallas for the first year, two years
of tuition reimbursement for my husband because Monroe sucks and there are no
jobs, and taxes, registration, and flood insurance reimbursement for the first
year. As usual, if I quit or I’m terminated ‘for cause’ within the first 24
months, I have to pay my company back for the relocation, but there’s no mention
of whether or not I am still entitled to the relocation package two years of
potential reimbursements in the event that I’m laid off.

So – if I am laid off as part of a huge round of mass lay offs currently
happening, am I still entitled to that package?

Asked on September 25, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

While you need to check the exact wording of the written agreement containing these things (if there is no written agreement, it is probably not enforceable), generally, unless the agreement is clearly to the contrary, a court would conclude that if the agreement requires repayment of the relocation fee, that it similarly would require repayment of other benefits in the package. That would be the most logical and reasonable interpretation, and so is the one most likely to be followed--again, unless the agreement language is to the contrary.


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