severance pay

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

Money paid to an employee who is laid off, fired or leaves by mutual agreement. Employers are not generally required to offer severance pay, although a few states require some severance pay for employees who lose their job in a plant closing or large layoff. Employers may also be obligated to provide severance pay if they promised to do so in an employment contract or employee handbook.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.