Terminating the employment of an employee or group of employees is a difficult decision but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Our employment solicitors will guide you through the process to minimise the risk of unfair or wrongful dismissal claims.
Where there is disagreement between an employer and employee, a Settlement Agreement can be used to bring the issue to an end to each party’s mutual satisfaction.
Most commonly they are used when the relationship between employer and employee has become unsustainable, and a clean break is required.
The content of a Settlement Agreement will tend to reflect the result of negotiations between employer and employee, so it is unwise to generalise on what the detail of every Settlement Agreement will be as it will depend on the circumstances in each instance. A settlement agreement however that has been properly negotiated and accurately drafted will, in most cases, provide for the following:
The timing of the use of a Settlement Agreement is a matter of judgment. It is generally advisable that both employer and employee use every option open to them, through negotiation and discussion, to attempt to resolve their difficulties without recourse to litigation.
In general, it is advisable that a Settlement Agreement forms part of a wider discussion and negotiation between employer and employee on the conditions of the employment relationship. In severe cases it is not uncommon, where both parties believe there are sufficient grounds to warrant a termination of the employment relationship, for a Settlement Agreement to feature.
We are very proud of our history of working in partnership with employers to resolve their differences with employees through the use of Settlement Agreements that reflect their specific circumstances.
Settlement Agreements are complex legal contracts between employer and employee that must be negotiated and created with the assistance of specialist employment lawyers. If you require legal advice on any of the above services or any other legal matter, get in touch on touch +353 1 663 2000 to speak with one of our experienced solicitors.
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