The Women and Equalities Committee is
seeking views on the wider use of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) in cases
where any form of harassment or other discrimination is alleged.
Responses must be made by 28 November
The Committee is inviting written
submissions to the inquiry. Questions which the inquiry will focus on include:
- are there particular
types of harassment or discrimination for which NDAs are more likely to be
- should the use of NDAs be
banned or restricted in harassment and discrimination cases? What impact would
this have on the way cases are handled?
- what safeguards are
needed to prevent misuse?
- what is the role of
internal grievance procedures? What obligations are there on employers to
ensure these are fair and thorough?
- how easy is it for employees
and employers to access good quality legal advice on NDAs? How can quality and
independence of legal advice for employees negotiating severance agreements be
assured when advice is paid for by the employer?
- do some employers use
NDAs repeatedly to deal with cases involving a single harasser? If so, is
appropriate action being taken to deal with the behaviour?
- what should the role of
boards and directors be? And should employers be obliged to disclose numbers
and types of NDAs?
For more information on
the consultation click here:
The Women and Equalities Committee