Employment code:

Appendix A14.10

Agreed Severance procedure (AS)

1. Introduction

Perhaps you have provided a valuable contribution during your employment, but over time your skills, knowledge and experience no longer match job or organisational requirements completely. “Agreed Severance” (AS) is a scheme in which you and establishment management can agree to end your employment on mutually acceptable terms in what is designed to be a painless and non-confrontational process.

A condition is that you agree to sign a settlement agreement, , this is a legally-binding agreement on both you and management. If applicable, the settlement agreement will incorporate an agreed reference. A further condition is that AS is only open to you if you have completed probation.

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2. Situations in which ‘Agreed Severance’ can arise

(This is not an exhaustive list):

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3. Agreed Severance terms

Because AS is outside the scope of the pension and compensation schemes we operate, it is treated as a resignation. Whatever your role or pay band, if you leave us through AS, you will receive a payment in lieu of notice equivalent to six months’ salary. This payment will be subject to tax and NI contributions. Exceptionally, by prior agreement with HRCSG, a lesser payment may be applicable.

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4. Broaching the subject

You can ask about a possible AS termination at any point, at a one-to-one meeting such as a APDR discussion. Alternatively, management may raise the possibility of an AS termination with you, again in a one-to-one discussion.

Managers introducing the idea must be careful that their approach is not construed as bullying, harassment, discrimination or victimisation; any of which would be inappropriate. You have the right turn down an AS proposal by management without fear of unfair treatment from then on. Management can decide to make it known generally that applications for AS termination might be welcome from time to time. Even so, there is no guarantee that you would automatically be successful if you applied. Management considers all applications on their individual merits.

Management must not use AS where dismissal on grounds of capability, discipline or redundancy would be more appropriate. However, an AS case might be identified through the capability route.

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5. Decisions

Decisions about AS proposals up to and including band F level are made by the Director. AS proposals above that level are considered by the BBSRC Senior Management Review Group, acting on behalf of the Chief Executive.  See paragraph 3 of the main page of section A6 for further information about the SMRG.

All cases are referred to BBSRC HRG, for diversity monitoring and to ensure that they comply with the intent of the AS scheme.

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6. Appeal

If you apply for AS and are not successful, you can raise a grievance through the BBSRC grievance procedure ( ).

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7. Re-employment

If you leave under the AS scheme and are subsequently re-employed within 6 months, you will be required to re-pay the balance of the payment in lieu of notice referred to in paragraph 3. Re-employment may also have pension implications and you are advised to check with the Joint Superannuation Service ( www.jsspensions.org.uk ).

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8. Review

The scheme is reviewed periodically for its effectiveness.

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Last updated 11/02/14
Amendment 170 - February 2014