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Settlement agreements and confidentiality clauses (part 1)

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When a dispute arises between two or more parties, the parties may want to try to reach an agreement which is a reciprocal compromise for both parties. The terms of such an agreement are often contained within a settlement agreement. Reaching an agreement and entering into a settlement agreement can help avoid litigation costs and…

Flexible furlough – a flexible friend? | Employment Law

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On 29 May 2020 details of how employers would share the cost of furloughed workers were revealed with the government also announcing that greater flexibility would be introduced from 1 July 2020, a month earlier than originally envisaged.  We outline what this means for employers and their furloughed employees.    From 1 July employers will…

Top solicitor rejoins Thursfields to lead Employment team in Worcester

Lisa Kemp

A top solicitor has returned to Thursfields Solicitors to lead the company’s Worcester employment team. Lisa Kemp spent more than three years as an employment solicitor at Thursfields from January 2016 until last year when she left to work for international law firm, DLA Piper UK. Michelle O’Hara, director of Employment & HR Law at…

Annual leave and Furlough at the same time? | Employment Law

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Many employees on Furlough have the unexpected chance to spend time at home and for some (but not everyone) this will be with their loved ones.  And while enforced time off work may feel like a break for some, for others it will not.  The thorny issue of whether employees can take or be made…

What is a Settlement Agreement?

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Under the current economic circumstances, settlement agreements or compromise agreements, as they used to be called, may become more prevalent as companies have to make some difficult decisions regarding their workforce. Here’s our Top Five Tips to understanding Settlement Agreements: 1 – Simply put, they are a legal contract between an employee and employer which…

Protecting Your Business – Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Corporate and Commercial Law

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is of great concern to many businesses as they balance putting contingency plans in place to protect their staff’s wellbeing and also continue to provide their products and services to clients. Thursfields Solicitors is open for business as usual and has the resources and legal expertise to guide you. All of…

What is a Settlement Agreement? | Employment Law

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Settlement agreements or compromise agreements, as they used to be called, are commonly used but what are they? Here’s our Top Five Tips on Settlement Agreements: 1 – Simply put, Settlement agreements are a legal contract between an employee and employer which settles claims or potential claims against the employer, usually in return for money….

Building a Talented Workforce | Employment law

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In a candidate driven market finding new talent for your workforce can feel like an uphill struggle. But many employers could be overlooking a large talent pool of employees, especially those who are women returning from maternity leave. The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s 2018 “Britain is Fairer?” Report found that 77 % of mothers…

New guidance on menopause welcomed by Thursfields | Employment law

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An employment law expert at Thursfields Solicitors has welcomed new guidance on menopause from workplace expert Acas. Lauren Cope, a Solicitor in the Employment team at Thursfields’ Solihull office, was commenting on the online document that can help employers and managers to support staff affected by menopause symptoms, along with tips for workers on how…

Thursfields continues to grow employment law team

Employment Law Team - Emma Monk, James Monk, Michelle O'Hara, Lauren Cope, Jade Linton, Sara Southall

Thursfields has added two new lawyers to its employment law team. Emma Monk joins as an Associate Solicitor, having trained with a City of London firm before relocating to the Midlands. Emma has extensive tribunal litigation experience and joins Thursfields’ Black Country office to work alongside James Monk. James, a Senior Associate Solicitor, is regarded by…

Getting a Good Outcome from a Grievance | Employment law

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When an employee feels compelled to use an employer’s grievance procedure, does that mean it’s the beginning of the end for the employment relationship? Not necessarily.  Although some employers do pay lip service to their grievance procedures, simply going through the motions before they look to exit the employee, some employers can see it as…

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