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Releasing Employees and Drafting Separation Agreements

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When an employee leaves a company, voluntarily or involuntarily, employers often fear the worst.

  • Departing employees may have had access to very important and confidential information of the employer – client/customer lists, vendor information, pricing information. How can it protected?
  • Employees may allege they are due additional salary, bonuses or commissions. Might they sue?
  • There may have been issues involving suspected or alleged harassment or discrimination. What's the risk of liability?
  • Employees might be disgruntled. Can anything be done to prevent disparagement of the company?

Drafting separation agreements are complex and as important as employment agreements.

This program provides a practical guide to drafting employee separation agreements.

  • Salary and benefit issues, severance payments, and payments tied to future performance
  • Identifying points of potential liability in both voluntary and involuntary separations
  • Drafting enforceable waivers of liability – scope, length and payment issues
  • Post-separation commission issues for sales employees
  • Preserving the confidentiality of important business information post-separation
  • Non-disparagement, non-competition and non-solicitation provisions
  • Mediation and other dispute resolution provisions

Friday, October 21, 2022
1:00–2:00 PM


  • Jerrold F. Goldberg, Greenburg Traurig LLP, New York City

October 21, 2022

North Carolina: 1.00 MCLE Hour

See pricing below.