Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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Non-disclosure agreements

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wendy41
wendy41 Community member Posts: 228 Pioneering
What is your experience with NDA's? Have you ever had to sign one, ever challenged one? How long have they lasted? 

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  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    I`ve never had to deal with one.  With the nature / temperament I have, it`s highly unlikely that I would agree to one either.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,506 Disability Gamechanger
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    I've never signed one either @wendy41. Though I suppose I might not be able to tell you if I had! ;) 

    I can see you've posted this in our work and employment category. Do you mind me asking if this is something you've been asked to sign? 
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  • wendy41
    wendy41 Community member Posts: 228 Pioneering
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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,506 Disability Gamechanger
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    How do you feel about it @wendy41?
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  • wendy41
    wendy41 Community member Posts: 228 Pioneering
    edited October 2022
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    @Tori_Scope how I feel about it.........  >:) perhaps this puts it into more perspective
  • Stellar
    Stellar Community member Posts: 131 Pioneering
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    it depends why you've been asked to sign one. the time limit and terms depend on the NDA. sometimes its only a matter of weeks, sometimes its years, but also can be pernament.

    when it comes to jobs where you need to keep things secret (ie. PR for an company), sometimes you have to in order to get the job. there is no way around this and they do them to protect both you and the company in case of leaks.

    that said, sometimes they are misused. if it's a company trying to silence you for abusive practises they've done or enabling, it's very questionable at best so its worth refusing to sign it. That said, sometimes it's worth having your silence bought if they offer a substantial amount of money that could help you move forward in life.

    that said, regardless of what the NDA is for, there's always the option for you to speak about it anonymously in the future, such as to a journalist or on a forum (so long as you change some details so you cant be identified). although after 10+ years if you were to break it under your real name, it's unlikely any action would be taken cause after so long, they just wouldn't be interested or care. usually if NDAs are used outside of job requirements, its to stop a short to medium term PR disaster.
  • wendy41
    wendy41 Community member Posts: 228 Pioneering
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    @Stellar, much appreciated for your post. I don't know how long the NDA was for, just know I was pressured into signing one. 
  • JaneC_
    JaneC_ Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 21 Connected
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    @wendy41,
    just to note your organisation will pay/contribute to paying for independent legal advice. Your lawyer will explain the details of agreement and how reasonable it is, answer your question and suggest amendment, plus things like if there’s money on the table how that might compare to other possible avenues of compensation/redundancy. You still may choose not to sign after the advice.

     If you are in a Union they also can advise you on the agreement. 

    All the best 
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