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CONFIDENTIALITY

Employer who claimed £15 million only gets £2

When Marathon Asset Management discovered that two former employees had taken confidential business information, it sued them for damages totalling £15 million. However, the High Court only awarded it a mere £2. Why? More...

company PROPERTY

That doesn’t belong to you!

The Information Commissioner’s Office has prosecuted an employee who unlawfully removed the personal data of 100 clients. The facts of the case highlight a common misconception, what is it? More...

PAY

Bound by an external HR consultant’s mistake?

When Sheffield City Council received a collective grievance about pay, it brought in an HR consultant. She wrongly informed staff that they were entitled to a much higher rate. Was the employer bound by the consultant’s mistake? More...

DISMISSAL

Dismissal: this really is the final straw

An employee can resign and claim constructive dismissal if an event is the final straw for them. But what about the other way around? Can you dismiss an employee because they’ve done something that is the final straw for you? More...

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS

MPs criticise “outrageous” confidentiality clauses

MPs recently criticised the use of confidentiality clauses in certain settlement agreements, stating that the employers’ requirements were outrageous. Does this mean you shouldn’t subject an employee to such a clause? More...

CONFIDENTIALITY

How to protect your confidential information

Employers are repeatedly urged to take all necessary steps to protect their “confidential information”, otherwise known as “business secrets”. But what can fall into this category and how can you protect it? More...

CONTRACTS

The contract that was never signed

You need to invoke a clause in an employee’s written contract of employment. However, they’ve just smugly claimed that it’s “totally unenforceable” because they never signed the document. Is this true? More...

CONFIDENTIALITY

Narrowing down on confidentiality clauses

An employer recently asked the High Court to enforce its supposed right to confidentiality. Unfortunately, it had made three fatal errors. What were they and how can you avoid making the same mistakes? More...

GROSS MISCONDUCT

Self-preservation or an act of gross misconduct?

In a recent case, an employee selected for redundancy sent vast amounts of confidential information to her private e-mail address. She said it was “self-preservation”, the employer argued it was gross misconduct. Who won? More...

CONTRACTS

Imposing confidentiality clauses on contractors

Like many employers, you’ve hired in staff on a self-employed basis to plug gaps during the economic crisis. It’s a cheaper option than recruiting permanent employees. But how can you stop them exploiting your business information? More...
Last updated: 17.05.2019

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