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Thursday, 9 April 2015

What to do if you have been offered a Settlement Agreement?

clip_image002A Settlement Agreement is a written agreement between an employee and employer which ensures that the employee will not pursue claims against their employer in court or a tribunal, often in return for the payment of a sum of money. However, if your employer offers you a Settlement Agreement then there are certain considerations that you need to make.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Shared Parental Leave – note for employers

As we explained in February, this month will see the first parents exercise their right to Shared Parental Leave (“SPL”). Where the expected week of child birth is on or after 5 April 2015, or where a child is placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015, parents are entitled to “share” up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of shared parental pay.

The rules are fairly complex and there will inevitably be a bedding-in period during which employers, HR and legal professionals attempt to get to grip with the procedure. We have set out below, in brief, the procedure which an employee must follow and how the employer may respond.