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Thank you. Do you have a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement in place?
What you need is a contract with confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions. That is the only way to get a former employer to not say harmful things about you. Otherwise, there is no law which prohibits a former employer from stating their opinion or making true statements of fact. Of course, a departing employee generally will not sign such an agreement "just to be nice." It wouldn't even be enforceable if they signed gratuitously because in law a contract is not enforceable unless both sides give up something of value.
This typically means you need to offer some sort of financial incentive. For instance, an additional two weeks pay as severance. The amount can be as small as you want, but two weeks is probably the minimum to induce an employee to sign such an agreement.
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