Employers give a compensation settlement to their employees they plan to terminate for reasons either they have violated the ground rules of the company or they have been underperforming in their work. For employees, it can be shocking and upsetting to be presented with this so employees need to be aware of what to do when they’re presented with a compensation settlement and what to see and observe on an agreement that the employer will hand out to the employee to make the whole process legally binding. This article will guide you on how to familiarize all necessary information you need to know if you get to encounter a situation where you will go through an agreement for a compensation settlement.

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1. Compensation Settlement Agreement Template

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2. Third Party Compensation Settlement Agreement

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3. Compensation for Settlement Agreement

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What is a Settlement Agreement?

A compensation settlement agreement is a legal written contract that states that an employee agrees not to bring any employment law claims, such as unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, or discrimination against the employer. In return, the employer provides a  lump-sum or termination payment to the employee.

Details to Include in a Compensation Settlement Agreement

The compensation settlement agreement should have the following details:

  • It has information that covers the specific dispute you’re having
  • It gives instructions on what you and your employer agree to do
  • It states that the agreement meets the rules about settlement agreements
  • The date the employee will leave the company
  • An agreement that the employer pays the employee their wages and benefits up to the leave date
  • An agreement to pay the employee their contractual or statutory notice and their termination payment
  • An agreement that employers provide them with reference
  • An agreement that holiday pay should also be included in the payment
  • A tax indemnity clause
  • The types of claims being settled
  • An agreement by the employee not to bring any claims or to withdraw any claims that have already started
  • A confidentiality clause
  • Restrictive covenant terms
  • A clause on returning company property
  • Other terms dealing with the legal requirements
  • An agreement to announce to other staff and customers that the employee is leaving

FAQs

What are the factors to consider when accepting a compensation settlement?

When considering your employer’s offer, you should think about these situations:

  • How strong your case is
  • How far off the amount of their offer compared from what you could get from filing a case
  • if you want to get your job back or keep your job with an agreement that your employer will make changes in your workplace
  • Other things you could do if you don’t accept the offer
  • If the stress of making a tribunal claim is outweighed compared to what settlement amount you could get if you win

How quickly will the employee be paid?

The employee will be paid on a particular agreed date set out in the agreement. Furthermore, any outstanding salary or notice payments are usually made as part of the next payroll. For some companies, the termination payment is paid within a certain number of days after the leave date, such as within 14 days, as long as the employee has returned a signed copy of the settlement agreement and has complied with all the other agreement terms such as returning company property and keeping the whole situation confidential. Sometimes, if the employer feels the need to do, they are prepared to pay the money sooner and this can sometimes be negotiated.

You must check the final version of the agreement to make sure you are contented with all the terms especially the sum of money to be paid to you. Remember that once the settlement agreement has been signed by you and the employer, it is already official and legally binding and it cannot be changed anymore you cannot do any further claims against your employer so you must take precautions and read the final version of the agreement in full before you sign it. You can also ask your employer to discuss the agreement with you so will understand the agreement even better. To help you get started making the settlement agreement, download our free sample templates above to use as your guide!

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