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Gov lets separation deals continue; Whitmer calls directive boost for transparency; critics say the opposite

Mar 13, 2021 - The Detroit News

Lansing - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Friday that will allow executive branch agencies to continue reaching separation agreements with departing employees, including certain confidentiality provisions, amid widespread criticism.

Under the new directive, a state department can seek a severance deal with a non-disclosure clause if it maintains "confidentiality regarding an employment decision or dispute."

It's unclear what specifically would qualify as a dispute under the ...