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Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) often forms part of a settlement between an employer and an employee committing both parties to keep certain information confidential. It may, for example, restrict an employee from disclosing that a payment has been made on their departure, or stop an employer from sharing details of the former employee’s disciplinary record. Also known as confidentiality clauses, in 2018 NDAs hit the headlines when it emerged they had been used to stop former employees sharing details about being sexually harassed or racially abused. Read our latest coverage on NDAs, which are also used in employment contracts, on these pages.
26 Jul 2019
An apparent sharp rise in the number of sexual harassment complaints involving solicitors has drawn attention to law firms' misuse of gagging orders.
22 Jul 2019
The government has announced legislation to address the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the workplace – including clauses designed...
16 Jul 2019
Three-quarters of whistleblowers experience retaliation from their employer including bullying, attempts to destroy evidence and dismissal, according to a group...
11 Jun 2019
Non-disclosure agreements should not be used to prevent employees from discussing allegations of discrimination and harassment with other staff, while...
16 May 2019
Although 35% of UK businesses have no system in place for whistleblowing, a comparison with other economically similar nations in Europe shows that the UK is ahead of the curve.
19 Mar 2019
After the government this month outlined plans to outlaw the unethical use of non-disclosures agreements, Michael Hibbs looks at situations...
4 Mar 2019
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality clauses that attempt to conceal harassment and discrimination could be made unlawful under proposals announced by government.
19 Feb 2019
The government’s chief people officer has told MPs that since 2015 there have been just six instances of non-disclosure agreements...
11 Feb 2019
Sir Philip Green allegations prompt minister for women and equalities to look into limiting non-disclosure agreements
18 Dec 2018
XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman argues that any curbing of the abuse of confidentiality clauses needs to be done without...
9 Nov 2018
Google has announced it is to end its controversial “forced arbitration” policy under which employees in the US must agree...
1 Nov 2018
The heightened media interest in “gagging clauses” means that now may be the time to review your organisation’s approach to...
1 Nov 2018
Staff and freelancers at Google offices across the world are walking out in protest of the tech giant’s treatment of...
29 Oct 2018
Earlier this year, the UK brought in an EU directive to protect trade secrets and confidential information. Charlotte Marshall of...