Severance Agreements in Georgia | What to Know

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Severance Agreements in Georgia | What to Know

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Your employer may offer you a severance agreement if you have been recently laid off from your job. A severance agreement is used to provide you with a final payment that will allow you to search for another job without worrying about your finances for a period of time. However, these agreements can be complicated and even unfair to employees. This is why it is important to understand what should be included in a severance agreement. To learn more, continue reading and contact our Atlanta severance agreement attorney.

What should not be included in severance agreements?

Severance agreements are generally given to employees with their best interests in mind. However, there are times when a severance agreement may do more harm than good. Severance agreements that include the following clauses may be detrimental to you:

  • A proprietary information clause: A proprietary information clause protects any confidential information you have received regarding the company.
  • A non-disparagement clause: A non-disparagement clause is used to prohibit employees from publically speaking negatively about anything to do with the company after being laid off.
  • A non-solicitation clause: A non-solicitation clause prevents employees from recruiting or hiring co-workers from the company that laid them off.
  • A non-compete clause: A non-compete clause prohibits individuals from seeking employment from direct competitors of their former employer for a predetermined period of time.
  • A release of legal claims: A release of legal claims prevents employees from making wrongful termination claims against their former employers.

These clauses are all very common.

Do I need an attorney to assist me in signing a severance agreement?

Some severance agreements can be unfair and even harmful to you if you were to sign them. To ensure that your agreement is fair, it is best to reach out to an experienced Atlanta employment law attorney. A knowledgeable attorney will ensure that your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly. To learn more about our legal team at Ben Barrett Law, do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm to schedule your initial consultation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding severance agreements in Georgia, our firm is here to help. Give us a call today to get started with our team.


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