WorkLife: Restrictive covenants

Our thoughts on the world of employment law - and beyond.

Can you stop your employees lying?

Can you stop your employees lying?

I am sure most employers wish that their employees would be honest.  However, in a recent High Court decision, the court has clarified that employees do not always need to be truthful about their plans to compete.

A quick guide to taxation of termination payments

A quick guide to taxation of termination payments

Q: When is pay in respect of a bonus not taxable? A: When it’s compensation for alleged discrimination!  A quick guide to taxation of termination payments  

eBay in hot water over no poaching deals

eBay in hot water over no poaching deals

We are used to seeing no-poaching restrictive covenants for departing employees, but can businesses enter into agreements not to poach each other’s talent?  In California, it appears that such agreements are unlawful as this week tech firms eBay, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel have all settled class-action lawsuits for “no-poaching” behaviour.  Do these practices exist in the UK and, if so, would they be lawful?  According to recruitment industry magazine The Recruiter such practices do exist...

Social media and restrictive covenants: is it still ‘mine’ if its already out there?

Social media and restrictive covenants: is it still ‘mine’ if its already out there?

Employers, particularly in the recruitment sector, can take comfort from the firm decision of the High Court in East England Schools CIC (trading as 4myschools) v Palmer and anor [2013 EWHC 4138 (QB).   Employment lawyers with time (and twitter) on their hands have for some while speculated on the potential impact of social media on the enforceability of certain restrictive covenants – if recruitment information is splashed all over the internet, is there still a legitimate interest for the...