What Does a Cooperation Clause in a Severance Agreement Mean?
Understanding What You Are Agreeing to in a Cooperation Clause
Many severance agreements contain language by which you agree to provide reasonable cooperation with the employer, usually with things like transition of your duties or cooperation with any future litigation where your testimony might be needed.
Though it is understandable that you would not want to be bound by anything that required further interaction with your employer, and may be concerned about interference with future jobs, depending on how the clause is written it might not be so bad.
An attorney can help you assess the cooperation requirement, and will look to be sure there is some limitation of reasonableness associated with it, as well as language that protects you from being asked for time that interferes with your other business or employment activities.
It is rare that a cooperation clause by itself is a reason to reject an otherwise acceptable severance agreement, but it is good to review it and understand it anyway.
Learn more here about evaluating a severance agreement.
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