Severance Agreement with Christopher Lutzo

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Exhibit 10.98




This General Release and Severance Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated as of July 31, 2018, is made and entered into by and between Christopher Lutzo, his heirs, successors and assigns (collectively, “Employee”) and Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc., and any of its parents, predecessors, successors, subsidiaries, affiliates or related companies (collectively, the “Company”).

For good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, in order to effect a mutually satisfactory and amicable separation of employment from the Company and to resolve and settle finally, fully and completely all matters and disputes that now or may exist between them, as set forth below, Employee and the Company agree as follows:

1.Separation from Employment.  Effective August 10, 2018 (the “Separation Date”), Employee’s employment with the Company shall cease and he shall relinquish all positions, offices, and authority with the Company.  Employee acknowledges and agrees, except for the payments and benefits described herein, Employee has no and will have no rights to any other wages and other compensation or remuneration of any kind due or owed from the Company, including, but not limited, to all wages, reimbursements, bonuses, advances, vacation pay, severance pay, vested or unvested equity or stock options, awards, and any other incentive-based compensation or benefits to which Employee was or may become entitled or eligible.  The parties acknowledge and agree that any equity awards granted to Employee by the Company during the term of Employee’s employment, with the exception of any awards granted under the Company’s Long-Term Incentive Plan which shall remain subject to its terms, shall be 100% vested and retained by Employee, notwithstanding any terms in an award agreement or plan document regarding forfeiture of such awards on termination of employment (provided that the foregoing shall not in any way extend the awards beyond their original term).

2.Employment Agreement.  The employment agreement between Employee and the Company dated January 27, 2017 (the “Employment Agreement”) has terminated forever and no party shall have any further obligation or liability thereunder, except that Employee acknowledges and agrees that Section 4 Right of First Offer; Confidential Information; Non-Solicitation; Non-Disparagement; and Return of Company Property of the Employment Agreement, and all provisions thereunder, shall remain in full force and effect in accordance with their terms. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Employee may retain the Lenovo Yoga laptop in his current use and ensure that all work product created during his term of employment remains on the Company’s network drive.

3.Consideration.  In consideration of this Agreement and the release herein, and his compliance with his obligations hereunder, the Company will provide Employee with the following: (i) severance pay in an amount equal to Employee’s annual base salary for six (6) months, payable in equal installments in accordance with the normal payroll policies of the Company, with the first installment being paid on the Company’s first regular pay date following the Effective Date (defined below); and (ii) for a period of six (6) months following the Separation Date, all health insurance plan benefits to which Employee was entitled prior to the

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Separation Date under any such benefit plans or arrangements maintained by the Company in which Employee participated, shall be provided to the same extent of coverage, pursuant to COBRA, to be paid directly by the Company.  The Company shall deduct or withhold any applicable taxes and other withholdings from the foregoing consideration as required by applicable law or regulation.

4.Transition Services.  For a period of six (6) months following the Separation Date, Employee shall perform such services as the Executive Committee of the Company may reasonably request, including, without limitation, those relating to the transition of his positions, offices, authority, duties, or responsibilities with the Company.  Employee also agrees to assist with the execution of all documents and all other instruments which the Executive Committee of the Company shall deem necessary to accomplish any such transition.

5.Release of Claims.  For and in consideration of the right to receive the consideration described in Section 3 of this Agreement, Employee fully and irrevocably releases and discharges the Company, including all of its affiliates, parent companies, subsidiary companies, employees, owners, directors, officers, principals, agents, insurers, and attorneys (the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims arising or existing on, or at any time prior to, the date this Agreement is signed by Employee.  Such released claims include, without limitation, claims relating to or arising out of: (i) Employee’s hiring, compensation, benefits and employment with the Company, (ii) Employee’s separation from employment with the Company, and (iii) all claims known or unknown or which could or have been asserted by Employee against the Released Parties, at law or in equity, or sounding in contract (express or implied) or tort, including claims arising under any federal, state, or local laws of any jurisdiction that prohibit age, sex, race, national origin, color, disability, religion, veteran, military status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or any other form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, including, without limitation, claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Rehabilitation Act; the Equal Pay Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act, 42 U.S.C. §1981; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and/or 1871; the Occupational Safety and Health Act; the Sarbanes Oxley Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; the Uniform Services and Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act; the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act; the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor Management Relations Act; the Connecticut Human Rights and Opportunities Act, and any other similar or equivalent state laws; the New York City and State Human Rights Laws, and any other similar or equivalent state laws; and any other federal, state, local, municipal or common law whistleblower protection claim, discrimination or anti-retaliation statute or ordinance; claims arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act; or any other statutory, contractual or common law claims.  For and in consideration of the releases described in this Section 5 of this Agreement, the Company fully and irrevocably releases and discharges Employee from any and all claims arising or existing on, or at any time prior to, the date this Agreement is signed by the Company.  The parties do not release their rights to enforce the terms of this Agreement.

6.No Interference.  Nothing in this Agreement is intended to interfere with Employee’s right to report possible violations of federal, state or local law or regulation to any governmental or law enforcement agency or entity (including, without limitation, the Securities

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and Exchange Commission), or to make other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal or state law or regulation.  Employee further acknowledges that nothing in this Agreement is intended to interfere with Employee’s right to file a claim or charge with, or testify, assist, or participate in an investigation, hearing, or proceeding conducted by, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”), any state human rights commission, or any other government agency or entity.  However, by executing this Agreement, Employee hereby waives the right to recover any damages or benefits in any proceeding Employee may bring before the EEOC, any state human rights commission, or any other government agency or in any proceeding brought by the EEOC, any state human rights commission, or any other government agency on Employee’s behalf with respect to any claim released in this Agreement; provided, however, for purposes of clarity, Employee does not waive any right to any whistleblower award pursuant to Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or any other similar provision.

7.Review and Consultation.  Employee acknowledges that: (i) this Agreement is written in terms and sets forth conditions in a manner which he understands; (ii) he has carefully read and understands all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement; (iii) he agrees with the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and (iv) he enters into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily.  Employee acknowledges that he does not waive rights or claims that may arise after the date this Agreement is executed, that he has been given twenty-one (21) days from receipt of this Agreement in which to consider whether he wanted to sign it, that any modifications, material or otherwise made to this Agreement do not restart or affect in any manner the original twenty-one (21) day consideration period, and that the Company advises Employee to consult with an attorney before he signs this Agreement, and Employee represents that he understands, that he may revoke his acceptance of this Agreement at any time for seven (7) days following his execution of the Agreement and must provide notice of such revocation by giving written notice to the Company.  If not revoked by written notice received on or before the eighth (8th) day following the date of his execution of the Agreement, this Agreement shall be deemed to have become enforceable and on such eighth (8th) day (the “Effective Date”).

8.Confidentiality.  Employee agrees that he will keep both the fact of this Agreement and the terms of this Agreement confidential, and will not disclose the fact of this Agreement or the terms of this Agreement to anyone other than Employee's spouse/registered domestic partner, attorney or accountant/tax advisor, unless otherwise required to under applicable law or regulation after providing reasonable notice in writing to the Company and a reasonable opportunity to challenge any such disclosure.

9.Non-Disparagement.  Employee and the Company agree that their goodwill and reputation are assets of great value to them which were obtained through great costs, time and effort.  Therefore, Employee and the Company agree that after the Separation Date, they shall not in any way, directly or indirectly, disparage, libel or defame the other.

10.No Further Services.  Employee agrees that he will not seek, apply for, accept, or otherwise pursue employment, engagement, or arrangement to provide further services with or for the Company, as an employee, independent contractor or otherwise.

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11.Governing Law/Venue.  The parties agree that the Agreement shall be governed by and construed under the internal laws of the State of New York.  In the event of any dispute regarding this Agreement, the parties hereby irrevocably agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts situated in New York, New York, and Employee agrees that he shall not challenge personal or subject matter jurisdiction in such courts.  The parties also hereby waive any right to trial by jury in connection with any litigation or disputes under or in connection with this Agreement.

12.Voluntary.  This Agreement is executed voluntarily and without any duress or undue influence on the part or behalf of the parties hereto. The parties acknowledge that they have had ample opportunity to have this Agreement reviewed by the counsel of their choice.

13.Acknowledgment.  Employee acknowledges and agrees that the consideration provided herein is consideration to which Employee is not otherwise entitled except pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, and are being provided in exchange for Employee’s compliance with his obligations set forth hereunder.  

14.No Admission of Liability.  This Agreement shall not in any way be construed as an admission by the Company or the Employee of any acts of wrongdoing or violation of any statute, law, the Employment Agreement or legal right.

15.Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in separate counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original and all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same agreement.  Delivery of an executed signature page of this Agreement by facsimile or by electronic mail in portable document format (PDF) will be effective as delivery of a manually executed signature page of this Agreement.

16.Sole Agreement and Severability.  Except as set forth herein, this Agreement is the sole, entire and complete agreement of the parties relating in any way to the subject matter hereof.  No statements, promises or representations have been made by any party to any other party, or relied upon, and no consideration has been offered, promised, expected or held out other than as expressly set forth herein, provided only that the release of claims in any prior agreement or release shall remain in full force and effect.  The covenants contained in this Agreement are intended by the parties hereto as separate and divisible provisions, and in the event that any or all of the covenants expressed herein shall be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining parts, terms or provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected and such provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

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