The advice they give you is limited to the terms of the agreement – for example, you understand what you agree with. You won`t advise yourself if it`s a good deal or if you could have gotten a better result if you had gone to court. Who are ACAS and what role do they play in transaction agreements? The settlement agreement should specify that once it has been signed by all parties, it will become "open", i.e. the opposite of "without prejudice". Your employer will usually pay for independent legal advice. Indeed, if you sign a settlement agreement without first seeking independent legal advice, you can always go to an employment court. "If the government intended to simplify the process of unifying employers and workers, it is a bit ironic that the Acas guide is over 80 pages long! Certainly, some of them contain the model agreements and letters that employers want to use, but it is certainly a strong document. ACAS can settle labor court claims (and potential claims) with a particular type of agreement called COT3. Parties to a COT3 do not need to be represented by lawyers. Apart from a settlement agreement, a COT3 is the only other legally effective way for a worker to waive their labour rights. Most employers (and their lawyers) use standard comparison agreements designed as a "one size fits all". If there are certain claims that are clearly more valid in your circumstances, these are sometimes mentioned separately in the agreement. They are sometimes referred to as "specific claims." Wrongful dismissal is the most common, but if you resign from a health problem, discrimination on the basis of disability would also be a special right.
Recent legislative changes extend protection to certain "off-the-board" discussions. However, settlement negotiations prior to termination may continue to be used as evidence in certain wrongful dismissal proceedings. If, for example, the worker invokes dismissal by denunciation or participation in trade union activities. Such discussions can also be opened if the employer is found guilty of "inappropriate behaviour". . . .