Specialist employment lawyer for Holmes & Hills, David Dixey, received instruction from a local business who wished to negotiate a settlement with an employee, the aim being the exit of the long-term employee from the business, without exposing the business to the risk of a an immediate or future claim.
David is frequently provides advice for employers who wish to be advised and guided on the required (legal, procedural and practical) steps to follow during, often delicate, negotiations with employees regarding the mutual termination of their employment. Often this arises within the context of either conduct or performance related issues.
David received instructions from a local business who had been wrestling with the ongoing problem of an underperforming (but much respected) long serving employee. Should they:
The employer’s preference was to achieve a negotiated settlement so as to avoid a potentially risky PIP and subsequent disciplinary procedure. They wished to achieve finality and to ensure that any procedure followed (and settlement agreed) was binding and protected against possible future claims.
David subsequently worked closely with the employer’s HR manager to ensure that all discussions and negotiations between them and the employee were undertaken pursuant to the rules covering pre-termination negotiations under the Employment Rights Act 1996. This included assistance with drafting appropriately worded correspondence and (once settlement had been agreed in principle) drafting employment Settlement Agreement formally recording the terms of settlement agreed and including a waiver by the employee in relation to potential employment law related claims against the employer.
Following Davids advice and assistance properly constituted negotiations took place between employer and employee resulting in the signing of a Settlement Agreement. The HR Manager confirmed that Holmes & Hills’ involvement had been invaluable in helping the employer achieve a swift and legally binding settlement between them and the employee.