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Settlement agreements and independent legal advice

A senior judge has stated that an employer’s offer of £500 plus VAT towards an employee’s legal costs in respect of a settlement agreement was “insufficient”. Are you now required to pay the employee’s legal costs in full? More...


Q&A - must the employee see a lawyer?


Settlement agreement: your proposal checklist

You’re considering offering an employee a settlement agreement. How can you ensure that your negotiations and the documentation comply with the legal requirements and the relevant Acas Code of Practice? More...


Announcing staff departures to third parties

Whether a key employee has resigned amicably or not, it can make sense to advise any affected clients, customers or other third parties about their departure. What’s the best way to do this? More...


MPs criticise “outrageous” confidentiality clauses

MPs recently criticised the use of confidentiality clauses in certain settlement agreements, stating that the employers’ requirements were outrageous. Does this mean you shouldn’t subject an employee to such a clause? More...


Settlement agreements: the new Code of Practice

On 29 July 2013, compromise agreements became settlement agreements. To support this change, ACAS also produced a new Code of Practice. It says that following it is “voluntary for employers”. Should you go further? More...


Departures announced via social media

When a Minister was recently removed from the Cabinet, she decided to spill the beans on Twitter. How can you ensure that your own staff don’t announce their departures via social media before you’ve made things official? More...
Last updated: 29.05.2020

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