Musk shakes up Twitter’s legal team as it seeks to further cut costs

Musk shakes up Twitter’s legal team as it seeks to further cut costs

Musk shakes up Twitter's legal team as it seeks to further cut costs

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Mr Musk’s team also deliberated on the merits of not paying severance pay to the thousands of people who have left the company since he took office, when there were around 7,500 full-time employees. full. While Mr. Musk and his advisers had previously considered waiving any severance during cutback discussions in late October, the company ultimately decided that US-based employees would receive at least two months’ salary and one month’s allowance. severance pay so that the company complies with federal and state labor laws.


Mr Musk’s team is now debating whether it should pay off some of those months, according to two people familiar with the discussions, or simply face lawsuits from disgruntled former employees. Many former employees still have not received papers formalizing their separation from Twitter, five people said. Mr Musk has already refused to pay millions of dollars in severance packages to executives he says were terminated “for cause”.

As Twitter downsized, Mr. Musk’s team hoped to renegotiate the terms of the leases, two people familiar with the discussion said. The company has received complaints from real estate investment and management companies, including Shorenstein, owner of the San Francisco buildings occupied by Twitter.

A spokesperson for Shorenstein declined to comment.

In other money-saving measures, Twitter laid off its kitchen staff and began listing office supplies, industrial-grade kitchen equipment and electronics from its San Francisco office at auction.

Mr. Musk also continues to cut staff and executives, including Nelson Abramson, Twitter’s global head of infrastructure, and Alan Rosa, global head of information technology and vice president of information security, according to four people familiar with the movements.

On Sunday evening, Mr. Musk sent two emails to Twitter staff with advice on how to work for him that he had previously shared with SpaceX and Tesla employees. One post was about first principles thinking, a worldview based on the teachings of Aristotle to reduce assumptions to basic axioms, which Mr Musk credits with helping him make tough decisions. The other spoke out against hierarchies in the workplace.

On Monday, Twitter informed members of its Trust and Safety Council, an advisory group formed in 2016, that it would disband immediately. The council was created to guide Twitter through difficult security issues and content moderation issues, and was made up of organizations focused on civil rights and child safety.


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