Q & A – Can I ask employees sign a document at the beginning of employment waiving all future claims against me?

Q. Can I ask employees sign a document at the beginning of employment waiving all future claims against me?

 

A. No.  Some claims like workers’ compensation, unemployment, and wage and hour cannot be waived by employees.  And employees must know what they are giving up for a waiver to be valid.  This means that waivers can only be retroactive, not prospective.  ​