Settlement Agreements – What Employers need to know

Lisa Kemp

Settlement Agreements are often used to bring an employment relationship to an end where a mutual parting of ways is preferred over a compulsory dismissal. It is a legally binding contract between an employee and employer which usually gives the employee money in return for their agreement not to sue the employer.  Settlement Agreements can…

Six of the best alternatives to redundancy as furlough winds down

Lisa Kemp

Many businesses may consider making redundancies as the government’s furlough scheme winds down, but Thursfields Solicitors has highlighted various less draconian options. Lisa Kemp, an associate director in the Employment department at Thursfields says these measures could enable companies to retain valuable members of staff during the difficult economic period ahead, rather than losing them….

Jade Linton of Thursfields named as one of UK’s top 25 employment lawyers

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A senior HR and employment expert at Thursfields Solicitors has been recognised in a prestigious index for the sector’s top experts published by a national journal. Jade Linton, an associate director and HR business partner in the Employment department, has been listed as one of the UK’s top 25 employment lawyers. The Reward 300 2020…

Companies must pay full redundancy payments to furloughed staff

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Furloughed staff whose employment is terminated must receive redundancy payments calculated at 100% of their normal, pre-furlough pay, Thursfields Solicitors has warned. The comments following new legislation that came into effect on 31 July that makes it unlawful to base statutory redundancy or notice payments at any reduced furlough rate. Helena Morrissey, head of employment…

City hire for Thursfields as new Head of Employment department joins

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Helena Morrissey has joined Thursfields after spending the last 14 years with Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Hammonds), where she started as an Assistant Solicitor and left as a Director in its Labour & Employment team. Her experience has seen her act for a wide range of commercial clients, from small family businesses to household name…

Thursfields Talk Legal: redundancy planning to be discussed at free webinar

Lisa Kemp

The crucial need for proper consultation in redundancy situations and making sure all selections are fairly made will be discussed at Thursfields Solicitors’ next webinar later this month. Lisa Kemp, an associate director in the Employment & HR Law department will host the free Talk Legal webinar at 10am on Wednesday 22 July. Lisa will…

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…

National forum to get legal updates on holiday pay from Thursfields | Employment Law

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One of Thursfields Solicitors’ top employment lawyers is providing an update on the latest holiday pay issues for payroll professionals across the UK next week. Jade Linton, a senior associate solicitor in Thursfields’ Employment and HR Law department, is speaking at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals’ (CIPP) national forum on 11 June. Her talk…

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…

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