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Settlement agreements (2020)

Request

1) Please provide the number of settlement agreements/ NDAs that included confidentiality clauses signed by departing staff. Could you please provide the information per year for the following calendar years: 2017, 2018 and 2019 (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses were signed by departing staff_

2) May you please provide information on how much money was paid out per settlement (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements were signed by departing staff. In one of the settlement agreements, £13,000 was paid, in another agreement £2,000 was paid out, etc.)
and
3) If the above is not possible for personal data / privacy reasons - may you please provide information regarding the total amount paid out to departing staff per year (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements were signed by departing staff, the total amount paid out to staff was £50,000)

4) May you please highlight if any of the settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses involved allegations of workplace bullying, sexual harassment and racism. If so, please provide the amount paid out in these instances (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements were signed by departing staff. 3 settlement agreements related to allegations of workplace sexual harassment. The total paid out in these three settlements was £10,000)

 

 

Response

  1. Please provide the number of settlement agreements/ NDAs that included confidentiality clauses signed by departing staff. Could you please provide the information per year for the following calendar years: 2017, 2018 and 2019 (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses were signed by departing staff)
    This information is held by the House of Commons. In the period 2017-2019, seven settlement agreements signed by departing House of Commons' staff members included confidentiality clauses.
    The House is exempting disclosure of the year each settlement agreement was signed. This is because in some instances, owing to the low numbers of staff involved in any given year (fewer than 5) disclosing this data may make it possible for individuals to be identified. This information is therefore exempt by virtue of section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House's view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
  2. May you please provide information on how much money was paid out per settlement (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements were signed by departing staff. In one of the settlement agreements, £13,000 was paid, in another agreement £2,000 was paid out, etc.)
    and
  3. If the above is not possible for personal data / privacy reasons - may you please provide information regarding the total amount paid out to departing staff per year (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements were signed by departing staff, the total amount paid out to staff was £50,000)
    This information is held by the House of Commons.
    Of the seven settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses detailed above, the amounts paid out per settlement.
    The years of each payment have been withheld from the information provided above. This is because in some instances, owing to the low numbers of staff involved (fewer than 5) disclosing this data may make it possible for individuals to be identified. This information is therefore exempt by virtue of section 40 (2) of the FOIA, as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House's view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in Article 5 of the GDPR. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
  4. May you please highlight if any of the settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses involved allegations of workplace bullying, sexual harassment and racism. If so, please provide the amount paid out in these instances (i.e. in 2018, 12 settlement agreements were signed by departing staff. 3 settlement agreements related to allegations of workplace sexual harassment. The total paid out in these three settlements was £10,000)
    This information is not held by the House of Commons. Information on “allegations of workplace bullying, sexual harassment and racism” are not recorded as being involved in the signing of any settlement agreement between the House and a departing member of staff for the requested period.