Employment Tribunal survey suggests costlier, more complex claims

Employment tribunal compensation

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published the findings of its seventh survey into Employment Tribunal applications. The survey, which was conducted in 2018 based on a sample of single claims disposed of (settled or completed) between October 2016 and October 2017, examines the characteristics of claimants and employers involved […]

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS | Government cracks down

non disclosure agreements

Following the recent controversy surrounding Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), the government has announced new measures to stop ‘gagging orders’ from silencing workers. What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement? A Non-Disclosure Agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA) or secrecy agreement (SA), is a legal contract between two or more parties that outlines certain information, material or […]

HR INFO | Can employers lawfully demote employees?

salary sacrifice

As an alternative to dismissal, an employer may consider other types of action, such as demotion.  Demotion generally involves a reduction of rank or seniority and in some cases, this can also mean a decrease in pay. But if you are thinking of demoting an employee, there are some risks you need to seriously think […]

Employment Tribunal risks of settlement agreements

settlement agreement

There is no magic wand that miraculously makes disputes disappear. But the nearest thing to this in HR and Employment Law is a settlement agreement. In one document, an employee agrees to waive their rights to bring legal claims against their employer. In return they receive a discretionary severance payment. Even if the parties do […]

What do you do if an employee breaches a settlement agreement?

In many cases, settlement agreements appear to offer a win-win situation to both employers and employees. However, even though an employee is obliged to get independent legal advice regarding the terms of the agreement and the effect on their ability to pursue any claim before an Employment Tribunal or other court, they may decide to […]

How to use a settlement agreement during the redundancy process

Rather than going through a lengthy and time-consuming redundancy procedure, it is common for employers to try and reach a settlement agreement with the affected employee. A settlement agreement (formerly known as a Compromise Agreement) is a legally binding document between an employer and employee which settles any claims that arise from the employment relationship or the termination […]

EMPLOYER’S GUIDE | Negotiating a settlement agreement

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There may be a time when you wish to provide a quick end to a dispute or want a clean break when terminating an employee’s employment and you will need to negotiate your way to a settlement agreement. Once signed, a settlement agreement can provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that the […]

EMPLOYER’S GUIDE | What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a legally binding document between an employer and employee which settles any claims that arise from the employment relationship or the termination of employment. In the agreement, an employee waives their rights to bring legal claims against their employer in return for a discretionary severance payment. If an agreement on the […]

7 things employers must know about social media

social media webinar

Our research reveals that 80% of employers have concerns about how employees use social media. And in our opinion, rightly so. Social media usage affects all businesses, regardless of size or sector. Whether your employee is using social media at work or at home, your organisation can be exposed to numerous risks. Manage the risk […]