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Linked – Companies Can’t Ask You to Shut up to Receive Severance, NLRB Rules

This might interest some folks who’ve recently been laid off.

“The National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that employers can no longer demand laid-off employees avoid publicly disparaging the company as part of their severance agreements, nor can they stop affected employees from disclosing the terms of their exit packages. Doing so, the federal agency determined, would be a violation of the laid-off employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act.”

Unsaid is whether it’s a good idea to disparage your former employer. Unfortunately, taking that too far might be a bad look regarding future employment opportunities. Hiring managers may not like the thought that they will be on the other end of those comments one day if things go wrong. So, I don’t know that I would go wild with sharing details of the toxic environment I was laid off from. (At least I’d avoid attaching my name to those comments.)

On the other hand, it was never fair that they hold the severance package over your head to impact your behavior even after you no longer work there. So good for the NLRB for killing that practice.

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