This model agreement should be accompanied by a letter confirming that a staff member has been independently advised prior to the conclusion of a transaction contract. A transaction agreement is not valid unless the worker has received advice from a competent independent advisor on the terms and effect of the proposed agreement. In July 2019, progress was made on an unusual number of proposed changes to labour law. The government has published consultations on sexual harassment in the workplace, statutory sick pay, family leave and wages, flexible working hours, modern declarations of slavery and the application of workers` rights. It also announced changes to laws on offender rehabilitation periods, settlement agreements and defenceless dismissals during pregnancy and maternity leave. The agreed billing figure should be defined in the transaction agreement; it should include the breakdown of payments and whether any of the payments are tax-exempt. It is also advisable to have a confidentiality clause that requires the employee to keep confidential the terms of the agreement, the amount of the account and the reasons for the agreement. In July 2013, the transaction agreements replaced compromise agreements and encouraged confidential discussions when the parties negotiated the end of a mutually acceptable working relationship. Transaction agreements appear to be a useful and effective way to conclude a working relationship. A Dairy Queen franchisee was recently held in contempt of a federal court for violating a settlement agreement in a sexual harassment case involving a young worker. See EEOC v. YS-J Enterprises, Inc.
d/b/a Dairy Queen, Civil Action No. 1:11 CV 01103, (M.D. N.C. 2013). A federal judge ordered the employer to immediately comply with the terms of the transaction and be fined $1,000 per day until it did so completely. The terms of comparison involved the employer`s obligation to pay $17,500 to the young employee, to redistribute its sexual harassment policy to superiors, and to provide anti-discrimination training. A survey by the Charter Institute for Personnel and Development showed that less than 70 per cent of employers had agreed to compromise agreements in two years, 21.5 per cent offered them „often,“ 7 per cent „always.“ 27.1.3 „Customer Agreement“ refers to the written agreement that contains the necessary Schedule A provisions between the client and a customer regarding the use of the advisory service by that client and the customer`s users.