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The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

Employment contractFor the past two years, there’s been a new player in the world of employee whistleblower enforcement, writes Evan Gibbs for Above the Law.

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its first administrative order finding that a company violated SEC rules based on language in an employment agreement.

“In the first and only case of 2017, the SEC fined another company $340,000 because its standard severance agreement previously contained a provision in which employees waived recovery of incentive payments from the SEC,” Gibbs writes. “The company received the six-figure fine despite having removed the offending provision on its own in March 2016 as part of the company’s regular review process prior to being contacted by the SEC.third parties unless compelled to do so by law and after notice to the company.”

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