Settlement agreements can resolve long standing problems at work

Settlement Agreements came into effect on 29th July 2013 and are legally binding contracts which can be used to end an employment relationship on agreed terms.  Settlement Agreements are often used to resolve ongoing disputes between an employer and an employee.

It is essential that an employee takes advice from a specialist employment expert, as once a Settlement Agreement has been signed an employee will be unable to present a claim at an Employment Tribunal about any type of claim which is covered by the Agreement.

James understands that when Settlement Agreement negotiations are ongoing, it is a very stressful time for employees in particular, but James’ experience and clear advice to both employers and employees help the situation run smoothly and efficiently.

Employees should have a reasonable amount of time to consider the proposed Agreement with the ACAS Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements stating that a minimum of 10 calendar days should be provided to the employee, unless agreed otherwise.

If an agreement is not reached, depending on the nature of the dispute, James can advise employers and employees in respect of performance management, disciplinary or grievance procedure, or Mediation or whatever the appropriate remedy may be depending on the circumstances.

If you need advice in relation to Settlement Agreements or any other aspects of employment law, please contact me on 01422 339600 or email with your query.


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