I am currently employed to Company A for 20 years in Texas. I was made redundant and will receive severance for years of service if I stay working for two months. There is a state act called Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) that gives employees 60 days of work before their jobs are made redundant.
However, I have found another job which needs me to start in 5 weeks. I spoke to my manager at his discretion it is okay if I just take the job (although HR has said I would have to wait two months). I would have to return at the end of the month to get my sign a letter to get my severance.
So I would be receiving a salary from the new company for 3 weeks of the month and also get a salary for the same 3 weeks from my existing company. The new company will not know I am doing this.
Can I get in trouble legally or from the new company if I take the new job?