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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...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


Departures announced via social media

When a Minister was recently removed from the Cabinet, she decided to spill the beans on Twitter. How can you ensure that your own staff don’t announce their departures via social media before you’ve made things official? More...


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...


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...


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...


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: 29.05.2020

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