There is nothing that clearly shows how restrictive or painful a contractual provision is other than giving it to the guy who asks you to sign it. We`ve all made decisions that we regret at some point in our lives, especially in the context of our work. Here are three very good reasons why accepting severance pay may not be in your best interest. From a negotiation point of view, you start negotiating the terms that might be most detrimental to you. Depending on the work you do and the industry in which you do it, with the help of advice on the Internet, you should at least be able to determine which rights are not worth a month`s salary to give up. However, I strongly advise you not to make this decision until you have consulted a lawyer who will handle employee cases for a success fee.