Tag Archives: confidentiality

Take time to understand Court Orders; do time for ignoring them

“The system will not work if people think they can ignore court orders and destroy evidence. Those who so can expect terms of imprisonment.”   Mr Dadi was an employee of OCS, an aviation cleaning contractor working at Heathrow for (amongst others) British Airways. OCS lost the British Airways contract to a competing firm Omni Serv … Continue Reading

Workplace mediation in the UK – not at all a pussycat

Proponents of workplace mediation often stress its confidential and voluntary nature and the ability to fail to agree without there necessarily being any adverse consequences.  It is all about listening and rapport and trust, say those commentaries, making the whole process sound as cuddly and unthreatening as your favourite puppy. In fact, there are a … Continue Reading

Desperately seeking substance – BIS Call for Evidence on restrictive covenants

“We want to ensure that when used, covenants are justified, well-constructed, targeted and reasonable. There needs to be a balance which ensures the employer can protect its business interests when staff move on and the worker is not unfairly disadvantaged when they (SIC) decide to leave or start up their own business“. So says the … Continue Reading

Australian employee pays high price for revenge porn in the workplace

Taking a stand against jilted ex-lovers, Western Australia has joined the UK and USA to fight the war on ‘revenge porn’. Revenge porn occurs when the (either actually or imminently) ex-partner posts nude or intimate pictures or videos online without consent. In the absence of appropriate laws, perpetrators have often escaped liability. In response, countries … Continue Reading

Employment Mediations – an Insider’s Guide, Part 3

This is the next in our re-run of a series of posts on employment mediations written for us by http://www.cedr.com/about_us/people/?p=Caroline-Sheridan. In Part 1 of this series I referred to some of the basic principles underlying a successful mediation. But why should the parties consider themselves bound by them? This is where the formal mediation agreement … Continue Reading

European Commission sets new standards for protection of employers’ trade secrets across the EU

The European Commission has published proposals to reform trade secrets law across Europe, in an effort to make it easier for national courts to deal with employees and former employees unlawfully taking, using and profiting from confidential business information. The reforms are set out in a new EU Directive.   More detail on the content of … Continue Reading

Restrictive Covenants Initiative

Thomson v Apem (High Court) “Can you stop 18 employees leaving for a competitor” A recent High Court case (Thomson Ecology Limited & Others v Apem Limited, Hall & Others) serves as a useful reminder to employers about the importance of ensuring that you have appropriate restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses in place for key … Continue Reading

McDonalds worker gets just desserts and leaks

A sharp little lesson in the Metro yesterday in relation to the practical value of confidentiality clauses in Tribunal settlement agreements. Readers of more advanced years will perhaps recall the settlement of an Employment Tribunal claim brought by one of Princess Di’s staff against some part of the Royal Household many years ago.  The prospect … Continue Reading
LexBlog