What is a Settlement Agreement and why have I been asked to sign one?

A Settlement Agreement (also referred to as a Compromise Agreement) is a legally binding contract entered into by an employer and an employee.  There are used in connection with ending the employment of the employee on agreed terms, quite typically used when settling a claim or dispute. However, in these unprecedented and turbulent times they…

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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

On Tuesday of next week, the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (Scheme) will start for small and medium sized employers in the UK to enable them to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments. The new Scheme is just one of the measures announced by Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to support businesses affected…

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Guidance released on working safely during coronavirus

For those employers who are already have employees working and for those in the process of having employees return to work, the Government has released its guidance on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic. It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 The guidance is broken down into different sectors and sets out the steps employers and…

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How to bring employees back from furlough

Many employers’ thoughts are now turning to bringing employees back into the workplace and taking them off the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme), and we have received enquiries from employers about this subject.  Asking what the process is, whether they have to serve notice and if there is a standard letter they must send. Despite…

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Your guide to writing a clear Employee Handbook

As an employer, it is vital that your employees are aware of your organisation’s policies and procedures. An up to date employee handbook sets out policies and procedures adopted by the business and in doing so provides employees with easy access to important information and details of the organisation’s rules and standards. What does the…

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