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

Q:

 Can I ask employees to 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.  ​