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Employee Separation Agreement

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Asked on Jun 27, 2023

Pros & cons of employee separation agreements?

I am a small business owner and I am considering offering an Employee Separation Agreement to an employee who is leaving the company. I want to understand the pros and cons of this type of agreement so that I can make the best decision for my business.

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California

Answered 379 days ago

Gagandeep K.

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There are several reasons for using an employee separation agreement - it can be used to protect confidential information and IP, obtain general liability waiver for certain legal claims (e.g., wrongful termination), offer an employee certain benefits and severance pay, and include additional provisions (e.g., non-disparagement clause so the employee cannot spread negative information about the company, return of company equipment, etc.). Just as an employer is not legally required to offer a severance agreement, an employee is not required by law to sign a severance agreement. However, an employee may be more likely to sign a reasonable, balanced severance agreement. You can read more about severance agreements here: https://www.contractscounsel.com/t/g/us/severance-agreement/11#toc--circumstances-for-offering-severance-

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