gagging clause

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A clause within a contract of employment that prevents the employee from releasing company information to outsiders, such as journalists, politicians, or trade union officers. Clauses of this kind have been inserted in the contracts of public service professionals, managers and other employees to discourage whistle-blowing. Despite these clauses, employees may have some protection if they do release information to outsiders under the terms of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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