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What is a Settlement Agreement?

A settlement agreement is a legally binding document which settles any claims an employee may have against its employer to ensure a clean slate. Usually this process takes place when a contract is terminated. Once a settlement agreement is signed, you will not be able to pursue any potential claims against your employer. Often, settlement agreements contain a full and final settlement clause whereby you agree to a lump sum amount.

If your employer has offered a settlement agreement, you should seek expert legal advice on the terms of the settlement agreement at the earliest stage. Our lawyers can provide advice on any potential claims you may have and provide expert negotiation to ensure that you are compensated for your employment termination.

What are the legal fees?

We do not charge our clients for advice on settlement agreements as our legal fees are covered by the employer. The amount your employer is prepared to pay for your legal fees is normally set out in the settlement agreement.

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Unfair Dismissal and Automatic Unfair Dismissal

A dismissal can be unfair if your employer does not have good reason for dismissal and/or the dismissal process has not been followed. If the employee believes that their dismissal was unfair, this might be something that can be challenged at the Employment Tribunal. When making an unfair dismissal claim, it is necessary to understand that the Tribunal may consider a dismissal as “fair” if there was a fair and justifiable reason for dismissal and the employer has followed a full and fair procedure.

Automatic Unfair Dismissal

Certain actions are classified as “automatic unfair dismissal”. This usually includes, but is not limited to, the statutory rights of an employee. Statutory employment rights means that you have the right to be paid the National Minimum Wage, to be paid holiday, to work a maximum of 48 hours each week and more. An automatic unfair dismissal can also be as a result of the employee being pregnant or on maternity leave, being involved in whistleblowing, doing jury service and more.

An employee usually has the right to make an unfair dismissal claim to an employment tribunal if they are classified to have an “employee” status and have worked for their employer for a minimum of 2 years. If the dismissal constitutes to an “automatic unfair dismissal” there is no minimum period for how long the employee has worked for their employer.

An unfair dismissal claim or automatic unfair dismissal claim must be made within 3 months less one day of the dismissal. If you think that your dismissal was unfair, or may constitute to automatic unfair dismissal, our lawyers can provide advice as to whether your individual situation may result to a dismissal claim.

Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal is when an employee is forced to leave a job because of the employer’s conduct. You will usually have the right to make a constructive dismissal claim to an employment tribunal if you have the status of an “employee” and have worked for your employer for 2 years. There are various reasons why the employee may be forced to leave their job, including, but not limited to, the employer has breached the employment contract, harassment or bullying at work, regular deductions in the agreed wages without reason, unreasonable changes to working patterns, raising a grievance that the employer has not investigated and more.

It is essential that the employee has attempted to resolve any issues or concerns with the employer. If the matter is unresolve, and the employee is forced to resign, the resignation letter should explain the reasons for leaving the job. A claim for constructive dismissal must be made within 3 months less one day from the date of your resignation. The ACAS process must be followed before any claim is submitted.