Protected conversations: first EAT decision
Vicky Schollar, Senior Solicitor in our Employment team, looks at the first appeal decision on 'protected conversations'.
Introduced in 2013, protected conversations are a way in which employers and employees can discuss the termination of employment on mutually acceptable terms, without fear of the conversation being referred to in an unfair dismissal claim.
This first decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal considers the distinction between protected conversations and 'without prejudice' discussions (another way discussions may sometimes be 'off the record'), and the limitations of both. Employers and HR professionals must understand the difference and how to use them effectively. Click here to see the full article on CIPD.