Bulk or Collective Settlement Agreements

An organisation may at some time sadly need to consider the need to make a number of its employees redundant. A redundancy process can be long, complex and sometimes stressful for both employer and employee.

Redundancy situations can bring an element of risk to a business. However, this can be minimised and the timescale can be significantly reduced with the use of a settlement agreement. Many organisations are opting to use bulk settlement agreements when redundancies need to be made as they give the employer protection against tribunal claims.

Why use a bulk settlement agreement process?

Protection against tribunal claims

Dealing with a redundancy situation can be a complex and stressful process for both employee and employer. Not following correct procedures may result in an employment tribunal claim, which can result in negative PR and costly legal bills. By asking employees to enter into a settlement agreement, they agree to forgo their right to pursue a claim in the employment tribunal, limiting the risk to the business.

Cost effective

When signing a settlement agreement independent legal advice needs to be obtained, many employers opt to make a contribution towards the cost of the employee obtaining independent advice. With a bulk agreement a discount can be applied to each settlement agreement, making it more cost effective for the business.

Better experience

The settlement agreement process gives employees a clear and simple choice which can be easily understood and processed. This ensures that long standing employees receive the remuneration they deserve in a structured and positive way.

What are the benefits of using a bulk settlement agreement process?

Benefits for employees

When an employee is being made redundant options can feel limited. If the redundancy is for a site closure, there may not be other positions available and therefore the process may seem long winded. A settlement agreement is an option that can be provided to speed up the process, giving employees a clear look on their future and a settlement that is relevant to their service.

Benefits for employers

When an employee enters into a settlement agreement, they are agreeing to forgo their right to pursue a claim at an employment tribunal, Where there are a number of redundancies to be made in short succession the risk of a claim arising is higher as HR departments and line managers are under pressure to ensure that deadlines are met. A bulk settlement agreement process can mitigate risk of employment tribunal claims and relive pressure from senior managers at this crucial time.

The bulk settlement agreement process

Once you’ve made the decision to offer a settlement agreement to your employees, you may wish to engage with a law firm directly. This process provides benefits for all parties involved.

  • Engage with a partner of choice
  • Onsite consultation meetings
  • Notify employees
  • Dedicate a time/space for meetings to take place
  • Conclude etc

Why use Verisona Law?

Choosing the right partner to complete settlement agreements on bulk is important. The company you chose to engage with will oversee the whole project and it is important that they understand the importance of process from both an employer and employee perspective.

We have acted for a number of businesses, completing hundreds of settlement agreement within a time schedule that suited both the employer and employees involved. Our team can be flexible in completing meetings both remotely and face-to-face depending on an employee’s preferences. We are able to put together comprehensive information packs and advise employees on their rights and the benefits of entering into such an agreement.

Sue Ball our head of employment law, leads the team and has been praised for her approachable and friendly advice given to both employers and employees alike. She has also been mentioned in the legal 500 and has held many other accolades over her 26 year career.

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Sue Ball - Principal Lawyer, Head of Employment & Southern Region

Sue is Head of Employment & Southern Region. Praised for her combination of common sense and expert knowledge, she offers advice to commercial clients on all employment matters and has also handled complex cases for individual employees.

From defending claims for damages and allegations of breached restrictive covenants or franchise agreements, to helping a multi-national organisation achieve the favourable resolution of a claim from its former CEO, Sue has successfully represented clients in the civil courts and at employment tribunal.

Sue enjoys sharing her legal and HR knowledge with organisations in the fast-moving world of sport, particularly football. As an experienced member of Verisona Law’s Football and Sports Law team, Sue understands the issues that are specific to the industry and deals with the many legal elements involved in employment contracts for non-playing staff at a very senior level. Sue also gives advice and support to individuals in contractual negotiations and disputes with Clubs in the Premiership, Championship and lower divisions. She also provides employment and HR advice to Clubs.

Sue also acts for individuals, often giving advice on settlement agreements, ensuring that employees understand their rights and get the appropriate remuneration for their service. She has also helped clients pursue claims against their employers for breach of contract, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Sue understands that bringing a claim against an employer can be stressful and works alongside clients to ensure they feel comfortable and understand the steps involved.

Sue is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and is a specialist trained ADR workplace mediator.

Sue is recommended in the Legal 500 2019.