FedEx Corporation is a multinational courier delivery services company that provides jobs to over 450,000 employees worldwide. However, due to technological advancements and poor international business, FedEx is offering a voluntary buyout program to its U.S. employees. FedEx officials anticipate that these buyouts will account for 1-1.3% of the company’s total payroll and annual benefits up to $21.5 billion.
At present, it’s still unclear how many jobs are scheduled to be eliminated. Frederick W. Smith, FedEx’s chairman and chief executive officer, explained to analysts that the company believes “new productivity-enhancing tools, from accounting bots, legal system analytics to predictive AI (artificial intelligence), etc., will allow us to operate our company with fewer staff positions going forward. Of course, we expect overall FedEx employment to increase over the next several years, again assuming moderate economic growth.”
Why You Need Legal Representation
Companies usually provide significant severance packages to any employees who are willing to accept a buyout offer. Even so, you need to seriously consider your career goals and personal life circumstances before making any life-changing decisions.
If you’re a FedEx employee, this buyout option may be your golden ticket to a better employment opportunity or even retirement. But what if you enjoy your job? Unfortunately, buyouts are typically just a prelude to layoffs. If FedEx can improve their financial situation by utilizing automation, it’s unlikely that they’ll suddenly turn around and value their costly employees. If you have questions or concerns about accepting or rejecting this buyout offer, you need to contact an employment lawyer immediately.
An experienced employment law attorney can:
- Review the buyout offer
- Make sure the severance agreement is fair and ADEA-compliant
- Evaluate your employment history and help you negotiate a better deal
- Protect you from waiving your rights unnecessarily
- Determine if there are any legal or discriminatory issues present
- Check if the offer leaves out sources of compensation, insurance, or benefits
- Help you decide if the buyout covers your expenses until you find new employment
- Explain how early retirement impacts your social security benefits
Before accepting a buyout offer, you may need to sign an agreement that waives your right to sue FedEx. An employment law attorney can review your employment history and the severance package to make sure you don’t have a reason to take legal action.
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At Donati Law, PLLC, our Memphis employment law attorneys have been representing the residents of Tennessee for over 35 years. Our impressive legal team has the skills and experience to handle a wide-range of employment related issues, including buyout offers. We are committed to helping our clients make positive personal, legal, and financial decisions. If you’re deciding whether to accept, reject, or negotiate a buyout offer, contact out firm to explore your legal options.
Call Donati Law, PLLC at (901) 209-5500 to schedule a consultation.