New legislation is set to come into force this summer which deals with pre-termination settlement agreements.
Broadly, employers and employees will be allowed to enter into certain confidential discussions about termination of employment, which will be inadmissible in ordinary unfair dismissal claims. Whilst this is similar to the “without prejudice” rule, there are very important differences to take account of.
ACAS has produced a statutory Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements which is useful in setting out the basic requirement.
Settlement Agreements are an important – and a very technical – development in employment law and HR relations which employers and employees need to understand.
Should you require further information or advice please contact Susan Robertson or Alexis Lane either by email or by phone on 0118 9209490.