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'No legal obligation' on employees to sign compromise agreements

'No legal obligation' on employees to sign compromise agreements

Employees are not legally obliged to sign compromise agreements, an expert has pointed out.

Commenting on the issue, Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, said that staff members should seek advice over such documents if and when their employer decides to introduce them.

He said: "There is no legal or other obligation on an employee to sign a compromise agreement particularly if they are not happy with it, but of course they do need to understand and get advice on what the signing of it means."

Mr Flaxton added that it is important that firms do not "just go charging in" and enforce compromise agreements on workers, running the risk that they may contravene employment laws in the process.

A non-profit organisation, Work Wise UK aims to make Britain one of the most progressive economies in the world by encouraging the implementation of innovative working practices among firms.