A legally binding agreement (if properly concluded), between an employer and an employee to settle (compromise) an existing or potential claim to the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal. In effect, the employee agrees to ‘settle-out-of-court’ by accepting the financial or other compensation that the employer is offering in return for signing away their right to pursue their claim. The agreement must meet certain requirements to be viewed as legally binding including; being in writing, signed by both parties and the employee must have had the benefit of independent legal advice.See:
The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Workplace Information Service provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.