Always have your settlement (termination) agreement checked by a lawyer before signing it

Does your employer want to dismiss you by means of a settlement agreement? Never sign directly. It is important to always have a settlement agreement (also known as a termination agreement) checked by an employment lawyer before signing it. If the agreement does not fully meet the requirements, this can, among other things, cause the right to your unemployment benefits to lapse.

A minor mistake in your agreement can have major financial and/or legal consequences. Never end an employment contract with a settlement agreement without first seeking legal advice. Have you received a dismissal proposal from your employer and would you like to have it checked? Upload your settlement agreement or termination agreement, and we will contact you as soon as possible

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    A small mistake in your agreement can have major financial and/or legal consequences. Therefore, always have your agreement checked by a specialist.

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    Unemployment benefits
    Severance pay
    Exemption from work
    Reason for dismissal
    Initiative dismissal
    Urgent reason
    Number of years worked
    Remission of study costs
    Reimbursement of legal costs
    Payment of vacation days
    Legal reflection period
    Outplacement budget
    Relationship clause
    Date of termination
    Returning Company Property
    Notice period
    Non-competition clause
    Communication about dismissal
    Final discharge

    Why is it important to have a settlement agreement checked?

    Dismissal. It is a word that evokes a negative association in almost every employee. Understandable, because an uncertain period often sets in after dismissal. Job loss also feels like failure for many people. However, dismissal does not always have to have only bad sides. For example in the case of dismissal by mutual consent. Together with your employer you then decide that you will no longer continue together. Your employer will then draw up a settlement agreement. Do you receive such a dismissal proposal? Then always check your settlement agreement .

    By checking a settlement agreement, you prevent financial disadvantage

    You must have a settlement agreement assessed. Not because this is mandatory, but because this document must meet a wide number of requirements. If things are overlooked, this can have unpleasant financial consequences for you. You have a settlement agreement checked by a legal professional. Mijn is happy to assist you with this.

    Conditions for dismissal by mutual consent

    It can be decided to dismiss by mutual consent if you are no longer happy at work. For example, because you have become involved in a labor dispute. By dismissal by mutual consent, you retain your right to unemployment benefits. Some of its key features include:

    It is your employer who proposes to terminate the employment
    You and your employer agree on the dismissal
    You and your employer agree on the financial settlement. Please be aware that you will not receive a transition payment
    You are not ill when you agree to the dismissal

    Check your settlement agreement

    You can actually see the settlement agreement that results from the dismissal by mutual consent as a dismissal proposal. This agreement is also known as termination agreement. In most cases there is room for you as an employee to negotiate the conditions. It is important not to sign the agreement immediately, but to check this settlement agreement. Accepting the proposal is a major decision with major consequences. The last thing you want is for your unemployment benefits to be in jeopardy. In order not to run any risks, have this settlement agreement checked.

    Have your settlement agreement assessed by the Employment Laf Firm

    A settlement agreement is an important document. That is why it should also be looked at carefully by an employment law specialist. This way you exclude legal risks. As professionals in a settlement check, include your right to unemployment benefit and the fictitious notice period. These are important points, but only examples of the elements on which you can have your settlement agreement checked. If you enlist the help of, you can rely on the experience of a professional specialized in employment law.

    Checking a settlement agreement: which points are important?

    The fact that it is important to check a settlement agreement becomes all the more clear when you realize what all this involves. A legal professional checks the document on about twenty different points. In addition to the so-called unemployment benefits and the fictitious termination date, this also includes the final settlement, the reasonableness of the severance pay, the situation of illness and incapacity for work, settlement of study costs, transfer of work and payment of outstanding leave hours.

    What is meant by WW-friendliness?

    The unemployment benefit-friendly nature of a settlement agreement is one of the most important elements of this document. This means that the text must explicitly state three things. If you have your settlement agreement checked, your legal professional will look closely at it. The document must state that the initiative for the dismissal lies with the employer, that there may not be an urgent reason for dismissal and that you as an employee cannot be blamed. The latter means that you may not have done something that led to the dismissal.

    In which cases is it better not to sign a termination agreement?

    If you have your settlement agreement checked by a professional, this means that you agree with your employer and agree to the dismissal. In some cases, agreeing to this form of dismissal is discouraged. For example, if you are in the first two years of your sick leave. A sick employee enjoys dismissal protection. If you nevertheless agree to the dismissal, there is a good chance that you will lose your right to benefits. So before you have the settlement agreement checked, check whether this is a good idea in your case. Contrary to popular belief, a termination agreement during pregnancy or maternity leave does not cause any problems.

    Even if you have a temporary contract, signing the agreement can have consequences for your unemployment benefit. Does your contract state that early termination is possible? Then you can usually agree to dismissal by mutual consent. Isn’t this mentioned? Then this form of dismissal has consequences for your unemployment benefit. You are then only entitled to this after the expiry of the original end date. It is therefore very sensible to have a settlement agreement assessed by a legal professional, even with a temporary contract.

    Checking a settlement agreement: the statutory cooling-off period

    Dismissal feels like a failure for many employees, but in fact the opposite is true. Have you had a settlement agreement assessed and have you agreed to the proposal? Then this also means a solution to the problem. When your employer hands you the agreement, you never have to sign it immediately. A response time of 7 to 14 days is normal. Even after you have signed the termination agreement, you still have 14 days to change your mind. After that, the document is binding and cannot be undone.