At The Podium

Failure to properly structure severance agreements

Date: April 30, 2015

Event: EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes

Venue: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Roberta B. Fields
Roberta B. Fields
Nathan L. Whatley
Nathan L. Whatley

It’s one thing to know what the law requires and what actions should be taken to ensure legal compliance. But what if you miss out on a step or two? Can certain mistakes or failures to take action be swept under the rug, or are they likely to catch up to you in the form of a lawsuit, financial penalty, audit or formal investigation?

In their presentation titled “Failure to properly structure severance agreements,” McAfee & Taft labor and employment attorneys Roberta Fields and Nathan Whatley provide an overview of employment release requirements under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA), as well as discuss what types of claims cannot be waived and included as part of a release.  They also review several case studies in which employers failed to properly draft and structure the severance agreements.