The recently introduced Equality Act seems to have a flaw according to some employment lawyers and the Law Society. They say that under the new Act it's impossible to reach a compromise agreement.
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For the (hopefully) uninitiated, a compromise agreement is a legally binding document that allows an employee to settle a claim with an employer in exchange for agreeing to not take any further action.
The flaw in the Act requires that a lawyer advising an employee is independent. However, the way the independent advisor is defined (section 147(5)(d)) means that it excludes anyone acting for a party involved in the agreement - such as the aforesaid advising lawyer.
The solution? Take good advice first before drawing up an agreement or even better, use ACAS to mediate.