The U.S. Labor Department has announced it plans to update
Now a recent case spells out under what circumstances a release will be contractually and legally binding under Pennsylvania law.
Recent case: Barbara Dougherty worked as a senior secretary for TEVA Pharmaceuticals, but her performance began to deteriorate. She claimed her supervisor was working with her family to get her back on medication to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Her supervisor suggested that Dougherty leave the company. TEVA offered Dougherty a severance package that included one month’s pay.
Dougherty went home. Then she called and said she might want to take a leave of absence. TEVA then offered two months’ pay as severance, which Dougherty accepted.
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