Most of us will change jobs at least once during our working lives. Some of those changes will be amicable, and others may not. Whatever the reason, if you are offered a separation or severance agreement, there are a lot of factors to be considered.

Upon the termination of your employment, you may be presented a severance or separation agreement. The agreement will contain pages of legal jargon and you will have to decide if signing this document is in your best interest. How will that document affect your future? Specifically, how could it affect your future employment prospects?

Answering that question can largely be handled with the inclusion of a single sentence. A separation and/or severance agreement can, and should, include language similar to this; “Employer will provide a neutral employment reference for Employee.” While there are dozens of other sentences within that agreement that can affect aspects of your future employment, this one statement dictates what your former employer is allowed to say when a future employer calls.

If you have an agreement that specifies a neutral employment reference, your former employer will only confirm your past employment and the dates you were employed. Regardless the reason you left, your future employer will only be given the necessary information to confirm past employment.

As I stated, this is just one of many factors to be considered prior to signing one of these agreements. If you have a separation, severance or any other type of employment agreement that you would like to have reviewed, you should contact an attorney at Humble Law, LLC today.

Attorney Marquie Young

Marquie Young is an Associate Attorney in Humble Law LLC’s Nashville office. Marquie can be reached via email at or by phone at 615-800-3041.

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