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 […]

Employment Tribunal risks of settlement agreements

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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 […]