January 05, 2012

Avoiding the Legal Landmines of Employee Separation and Release Agreements


San Francisco partner Cheryl Orr presented a Lorman audio conference titled, "Avoiding the Legal Landmines of Employee Separation and Release Agreements," on Friday, Jan. 6.


The standard business practice of giving departing employees separation agreements and releases can be a powerful tool in minimizing legal risk, however, such agreements can also create as many risks as they seek to avoid.


Cheryl, co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, presented a live audio conference that examined employee separation agreements in detail. 


Cheryl’s presentation outlined what every separation agreement and release should include, i.e.; what claims cannot be released; whether class and collective actions can be waived; what is valid consideration; how long employees have to consider the release; specific requirements for employees over 40 and in reduction in force scenarios; and the latest developments in the case law across the nation on the enforceability of separation agreements and releases.

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