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A Golden Handshake is a form of Employee Benefits, wherein a large payment made by a company to a senior executive is done upon termination of employment (retirement) before his/her contract ends.


It is a clause in an executive employment contract that provides the executive with a lucrative severance package in the event of their termination. May include a continuation of salary, bonus and/or certain benefits and perquisites, pension allowance, as well as accelerated vesting of stock options.


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