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Severance Agreement

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Asked on Jul 21, 2023

Can a severance agreement be digital?

I recently accepted a voluntary severance package from my employer and have been asked to sign a severance agreement. I am curious if this agreement can be signed digitally, as I am not currently in the same city as my employer. I am looking for advice on the legalities of digital agreements and any potential risks associated with signing a severance agreement digitally.

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California

Answered 330 days ago

Christina M.

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In 1999 the California Legislature enacted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (the “UETA”), Civ. Code, §§ 1633.1 et seq., which provides that when a law requires a record to be in writing or requires a signature, an electronic record or signature satisfies the law. The law requires that any contract entered into between two parties may not be denied legal enforceability simply because of the use of an electronic signature. This has also be upheld in the employment law setting in some case law.

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