Here’s the (somewhat simplified) scoop.
My wife and I work for the same company in the same department although we have different supervisors. My wife’s supervisor recently quit, and I applied for his position. The supervisor for this position (coincedentally my current supervisor) has made me an offer. The only issues are that the company will not (understandably) let me be my wife’s supervisor. At the time I expressed interest in the position, my wife and I made it clear that if there were another position available for her in a different department, she would be perfectly happy to stay with the company.
Our Human Resources department now claims there are no other positions currently available. This is fine, but if they are essentially laying my wife off if I accept this position, do you think she is entitled to any severance pay? She has been with the company for over twelve years. I believe that legally they are not required to give her anything, but what should my negotiating stance be? I’ll probably end up taking the job one way or another, but I was wondering if anyone had any negotiating tips as far as getting her some type of severance.