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Confidentiality clauses: measures to prevent misuse in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination

Summary

We're seeking views on proposals to improve the regulation of confidentiality clauses, also known as non-disclosure agreements or NDAs.

This consultation closes at: 11:45pm on 29 April 2019

Consultation description

Confidentiality clauses, also known as non-disclosure agreements or NDAs, are provisions which seek to prohibit the disclosure of information. They serve a useful and legitimate purpose in the employment context, as part of both employment contracts and settlement agreements. However, a number of cases have come to light where employers have used confidentiality clauses to prevent victims of workplace harassment or discrimination from speaking out.

The purpose of this consultation is:

  • to better understand how confidentiality clauses and the legal framework around them work in practice
  • to assess what changes are required to ensure individuals are appropriately protected from their misuse

Documents

Confidentiality clauses: measures to prevent misuse in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination PDF, 387KB, 20 pages

Ways to respond

Respond online

or

Email to: ndaconsultation@beis.gov.uk

Write to:

Confidentiality clause consultation 
Individual Rights and Migration Branch 
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
1st Floor, Spur 1 
1 Victoria Street 
London 
SW1H 0ET

 

Channel website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

Original article link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/confidentiality-clauses-measures-to-prevent-misuse-in-situations-of-workplace-harassment-or-discrimination

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