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NLRB prosecutor warns of severance packages that infringe worker rights

Posted On: Mar. 23, 2023 10:06 AM CST

A recent U.S. labor board ruling limiting what employers can include in severance agreements is a reminder that companies must be careful not to ask workers to sign away their rights, according to the agency's top prosecutor, Reuters reports. National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo in a memo to agency staff said the February decision prohibits agreements that restrict workers' ability to file lawsuits or communicate with the board, unions and the media. The decision also applies retroactively, Abruzzo said.