A Settlement agreement (formerly known as a compromise agreement) is a legally binding agreement between an employee and their employer by which the parties compromise an employee’s contractual and/or statutory claims. Settlement agreements are most commonly entered into on termination of employment, although they can be used where employment is continuing.
Many companies have taken advantage of the UK Government’s Furlough Scheme following the COVID-19 outbreak to help ease financial pressures, after being forced to close or seeing their operations severely reduced.
The government has advised all employees to work from home unless it is not possible to do so. As a result, many businesses’ entire workforce is now based at home. The drastic change to working practices throws up a number of challenges. In this note, we focus on the health & safety implications.
On 17 March 2020 the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announced that the proposed extension to the Off Payroll Working Rules (IR35) would be postponed by 12 months to April 2021 while businesses cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 13 July 2018 the Court of Appeal held that the essence of a “sleep-in” contract is that by arrangement workers sleep at the work place and therefore are available for work, but not undertaking actual work.