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I've been working with the company since April 2011.
Many thanks for your patience. What is expected of you in the circumstances? Only your consent? Or do they need you to give them the details and contact details of this other employer?
details and contact details
You cannot be forced to hand over these details, that's for certain. During an investigation into possible misconduct, or other breaches, they could ask you to supply these details and they can then contact them if necessary. You do not have to disclose these, however in doing so you are leaving the employer to make a decision based on the evidence available to them. This means they could have limited evidence which may imply you had shared sensitive information with the other company and in the absence of anything to prove otherwise, they can potentially proceed based on that limited evidence. However, if you know you did nothing wrong and the other company can confirm that too, then you may wish to consider whether it would be better to provide these details, allow your employer to contact them and satisfy themselves there has been no breach here and hopefully that would be the end of the matter.
thanks ben. i have contacted the other company and they're not proving helpful but have agreed to provide a letter from their lawyers confirming that the period in which we were in discussions was after my resignation. There has not been any suggestion that I have shared confidential information.
if they can provide that it would be helpful
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