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GOVERNMENT TO ENSHRINE IN LAW THAT NDAs non-disclosure agreements cannot stop victims going to the police, lawyers or doctors, so NDAs that do not follow the new legislation will be legally void.
www.newzimbabwevision.com says NDAs are no different from a way of organisations paying ‘blood money’, in essence silencing victims who hold damning evidence, for a fee usually in cover ups over sexual harassment, threats, abuse, discrimination, abuse, hostilities and countless other ‘isms’ at work, thereby protecting business interests and hiding some damaging issues from going public, which can bring down the perpetrator companies once public, depending on how hard or effective the victims use the evidence to hit the business where it hurts the most.
New enforcement measures will be introduced to make NDAs void that do not meet the new legislation, The changes proposed make it “expressly clear” in legislation that incidents can still be reported to the police
Companies will be banned from using gagging orders to silence or prevent employees from reporting wrongdoing to the police, lawyers or doctors, under Government proposals designed to tackle the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the workplace, including those being used to cover up sexual harassment, racial discrimination, threats and assault.
The Women and Equalities Committee has called for a complete ban on the use of NDAs to cover up sexual harassment and discrimination.
The government’s planned changes to the legislation will prohibit firms from using NDAs to prevent workers from disclosing information to the police, regulated health and care professionals, doctors, and lawyers. They also require employers to make clear – “in plain English” – in an agreement and in a written statement for the employee the limitations of the agreement.
The legislation will ensure that any worker signing an NDA will get independent legal advice on the limitations of the agreement.
Under new enforcement measures NDAs that do not follow the new legislation will be legally void.
The current legislation on NDAs already allows those who sign them to report wrongdoing to the police.
Employees are also already required to get independent legal advice before signing an agreement otherwise it is not considered valid, but the new legislation will require lawyers to also advise workers on the limitations of the NDA so they are fully aware of their options.
The ability to report wrongdoing to the police even after signing an NDA already exists in current legislation, but workers were being “misled or maybe sometimes under the impression that they were unable to report to the police” by employers who were encouraging them to sign an NDA.
The changes proposed make it “expressly clear” in legislation that incidents can still be reported to the police.
The government will also set out “minimum requirements” for what is expected from an NDA.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is also working on new guidance on NDAs with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Rebecca Hilsenrath said: “Harassment and discrimination should never go unanswered and unchallenged just because victims are prevented from speaking out. This new legislation will help to end ambiguity about employees’ rights and stop the misuse of NDAs to protect corporate and personal reputations and obstruct justice.” TelegraphINFORMATION IS POWER!-Thank you for the support. Please email all your articles, photos and breaking news, to firstname.lastname@example.org ,linkedin.com/in/sibusiso-ngwenya-563a572b or whatsapp to Mr Sibusiso Ngwenya 0044 79 3 9100534 for publication on the constantly growing online groups, currently standing as follows1) Global News 4us all 210,695 members2) Democratic Prosperous Future 32,287 Members3) Climate, Green Energy, Pollution 18,676 members4) Newzimbabwevision.com website 22,970 likes22,969 followers.Manages NewzimbabwevisionFollowed by 12,413 people