In March 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a consultation to seek evidence and views of the use of confidentiality clauses in the employment context.
In July 2019, BEIS produced a report outlining the overview of responses to the consultation and sets out the steps they will now take.
As a result of the consultation to tackle misuse of confidentiality clauses BEIS are taking a number of measures. They will:
- Legislate to ensure that a confidentiality clause cannot prevent an individual disclosing to the police, regulated health and care professionals or legal professionals
- Legislate so that the limitations of a confidentiality clause are clear to those signing them
- Produce guidance on drafting requirements for confidentiality clauses.