February 24, 2023
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NLRB Issues Ruling on Unlawful Severance Agreements

This week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling stipulating that employers cannot make employee severance packages contingent on workers giving up NLRA-enacted rights. Specifically, that employers cannot prevent terminated employees from disparaging the employer or keeping the contents and existence of their severance agreement confidential.

In this most recent decision the board ruled that offering severance based on giving up labor rights was in and of itself an effort by employers to steer workers away from their statutory rights.  

According to board chairman Lauren McFerran, “It’s long been understood by the Board and the courts that employers cannot ask individual employees to choose between receiving benefits and exercising their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Today’s decision upholds this important principle and restores longstanding precedent,”

The NLRB’s ruling is part of a larger strategy by the Biden administration to shore up workers’ rights. As of now, the common provisions of non-disparagement and confidentiality in severance agreements are not permissible under this ruling, however, it is expected to be appealed. The ruling also references potential carve-outs, which will be explored in the coming months. We will be monitoring this ruling closely as it has broad ramifications for our employer and employee clients signing or offering severance agreements.

Berke-Weiss Law Attorneys Speak at Endometriosis Foundation Conference

March 27, 2023
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Berke-Weiss Law attorneys, Laurie Berke-Weiss, Alex Berke, and Rosa Aliberti, spoke at the EndoFound Global Patient Symposium, commonly referred to as Patient Day, about the legal rights and protections for those with endometriosis.

AI and Compliance, Employers Brace for a Brave New World

March 16, 2023
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Over the last decade, more and more companies have utilized automated tools to aid in hiring, training, retaining. Historically, when practices and technologies are adopted rapidly, the law takes time to catch up and this is no different, with 2023 looking to be a year where companies are going to come under more detailed regulatory and compliance regimes focused on AI.

Elon Musk’s Public Mocking of Employee’s Disability Highlights the Importance of Reasonable Accommodations and Health Information Privacy

March 16, 2023
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Elon Musk mocked a Twitter employee for his disability and lack of clarity regarding job status, highlighting issues disabled workers face in the workplace.

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