Examination of Witnesses

Part of Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:40 am ar 19 Mehefin 2012.

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Tim Thomas: Yes, the better use of compromise agreements, making them settlement agreements and refocusing them are all welcome from the perspective of the EEF as an employers organisation. We would like to see there being a single statutory provision for settlement agreements. Currently, when you look at a compromise agreement, the back of it usually lists many, many  statutory provisions cast around in the statute book. Bringing them all together in one place would be of benefit. Making sure that they are a full and final settlement—where the parties agree—of all matters that are in dispute would be another plus.

Making agreements available when there is no need for a dispute between the parties would also be a benefit. It may be that the parties just want to untie the knot, go their separate ways and have no active dispute between them. In some cases, the current provisions actively encourage, almost, the creation of a dispute between the parties to make sure that they come within the current legislative framework. All those things are areas in which we would like to see progress.