Recently told my job is being eliminated, asked to work in a different dept for less salary. Am I entitled to severance?
I said yes, was trained up, and have been working in this temporary role since then. Last week my manager spoke with me to tell me that they are eliminating my graphic design position and would I like to take up this temporary role I've been helping out with. It would mean about a 10% salary cut, but I would be eligible for a yearly bonus as I'd be working in a different department, which means the salary cut would be reduced, depending on the bonus amount. This position is drastically different from my design role, where my passion still lies. I told her I would think about it, and didn't think of any questions to ask at the time as it was unexpected and it was still sinking in.
I've been with the company for almost 18 years, in the same position. If I decline the new role, could I ask to be laid off with a severance package as my graphic design role is being made redundant? I haven't been given anything to sign.
Any advice is appreciated.