New ACAS code of practice on settlement agreements

ACAS is currently consulting on a new Code of Practice designed to give guidance on discussions around the possible termination of an employee’s employment. There are a wide variety of situations where an employer (or an employee) might suggest that… Read on

What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a special type of agreement through which an employee can settle claims against an employer. An employee cannot contract out of their legal rights to bring employment claims to a tribunal unless this is done… Read on

Tribunal awards £2 compensation

A Tribunal has recently awarded just £2 in compensation for an employer’s breach of the employee’s right to be accompanied to a disciplinary hearing. We explain how nominal damages of this kind can come about. Background In this case (Gnahoua… Read on

COT3 wording – take care

We report on a case where the wording of a COT3 Settlement Agreement did not do the job the employers expected it to. Background In the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision of DWP v. Brindley, the Court dealt with an… Read on

New judicial assessment procedure

The Employment Tribunals have a new judicial assessment procedure, whereby a Judge can give an early indication of his/her impression of the strength of the parties’ cases. Under the Protocol dealing with the new process, the assessment can only take… Read on