Workplace Issues – Intellectual Property, Harassment, Non-Compete, Confidentiality, Termination & Dismissal Issues

by Prof Catherine Tay

Why You Should Attend This Course

Developments and updates in the workplace are vital so as to handle workplace issues efficiently within the legal framework.

This course deals on specific labour issues – intellectual property, harassment, non-compete, confidentiality clauses, termination and dismissal – that commonly arises. Intellectual property issues are also of recent phenomenon that cannot be ignored in the business world as they are valuable assets. Ignorance of the law is not a privilege. It is our misfortune.
There will be quizzes and case scenarios discussed to enhance learning.

Key Considerations in Drafting Employment Contracts

  • wish-list items
  • intellectual property clause – ownership
  • confidentiality clause
  • scope of confidential information
  • protecting trade secrets
  • restrictive covenants
  • non-compete clause
  • non-solicitation clause
  • contract in restraint of trade clause
  • no authority to contract clause

Managing Workplace Harassment

  • Protection from Harassment Act (POHA)
  • Harassment causing alarm & distress with or without intention
  • Who are liable for workplace harassment?
  • Employer Obligation not to Harass Employee
  • What are the Benefits of Preventing Harassment?
  • How to Mitigate Risk of Workplace Harassment?
  • How to Structure Anti-Harassment Policy?
  • Internal Reporting & Response Procedures
  • Confidentiality of Complaint Process
  • Training & Education

Termination & Dismissal Considerations – Practical Common Issues

  • Certainty of Terms
  • Termination before work starts
  • Termination by Employer’s Conduct
  • Termination with or without Notice
  • Frustration of Employment Contract
  • Termination by notice
  • common law position
  • Employment Act
  • compensation
  • quantum of damages
  • garden leave
  • Termination for Cause
  • dismissal at common law
  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • insubordination
  • prejudicial conduct

Investigation & Internal Inquiry for Summary Dismissal

  • What is Misconduct at Common Law? Examples?
  • Summary Dismissal
  • Due Cause: Investigation, evidence of misconduct
  • Due Process: Internal inquiry (hearing)
  • Internal Inquiry: when required?
  • Requirement for Internal Inquiry
  • Employment Act, section 14
  • Employment Contract
  • Employee handbook
  • Policy
  • Collective agreement
  • Fair Employment Practices Guidelines, 2007
  • Complaints of discrimination
  • Internal Inquiry Process
  • Complaint
  • Investigation
  • Interviews
  • Investigation Report
  • “Show Cause” stage
  • Notice to “Show Cause”
  • Reply to “Show Cause” Notice
  • The 7 Basic Principles for Conducting Fair Inquiry Hearing
  • Inquiry Hearing Procedure

Any company executives, managers and directors and HR professionals and anyone who wants to update and learn more.

Prof Catherine Tay Swee Kian has more than 38 years of experience lecturing law as Associate professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, Department of Strategy & Business Policy. She is a Barrister-at-law from Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom. Prof Tay is also an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an author of several law books including her best seller books on Contract Law and Director Duties & Corporate Governance.

Prof Tay studied law at Queen Mary College, University of London and graduated with an honours degree in Bachelor of Laws and a degree in Master of Laws, in which she specialised in Company, Shipping, Insurance and Marine Insurance laws. She was called to the English Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1978. She did her pupillage under the Honourable Lady Mary Hogg in London and returned to Singapore in the law firm of Rodyk & Davidson. She won the Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par Memorial Prize for the overall best student in 1980 during her postgraduate practical law course in Singapore. She was called to the Singapore Bar in 1980.

Prof Tay was on the Board of Overseas Editors for the (United Kingdom) Journal of Financial Crime, an official publication of the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime. She has presented numerous papers at many conferences and seminars on Business Law, Medical Law & Ethics, Company and Insolvency Laws both overseas and in Singapore. Prof Tay is an examiner on law subjects for a number of professional bodies in Singapore and overseas. She was the external examiner on medical law ethics at the Hong Kong University, Law Faculty (2007-2008).

Prof Tay conducts in-house customised corporate programmes and seminars / workshops for commercial firms, banks, hotels, hospitals, statutory boards and companies, clubs and associations on topics such as contract management; corporate governance in both public and private sectors including public-private partnership contracts; tender bids bidding in procurement contracts; service level agreements and tenancy agreements. For over 4 years annually, she was the Programme Director, for a Singapore-Commonwealth Third Country Training Programme, Singapore- Commonwealth Advance Seminar for Chief Executives 28 May – 7 June 2008, jointly sponsored by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation Commonwealth Secretariat London, United Kingdom at Training Institution – National University of Singapore Business School.

Prof Tay received her 38 years Long Service Award from the Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS) on 2 November 2019. She was awarded the top trainer in MIS.

Prof Tay was a Visiting Consultant and adjunct lecturer at the Institute of System Science, NUS for over 16 years lecturing IT outsourcing contracts, intellectual property and contract law. She gave lectures in Industrial Relations and Labour laws at the Ong Teng Cheong Institute of Labour Studies for over 12 years on labour laws in industrial relations. She was the local teaching affiliate lecturing business law for Adelaide University, Australia.

Prof Tay lectures on “The Legislature, Policy Formulation & Implementation for Good Governance” to Ministers from Nigeria, Kaduna State Legislators” on 16-18 April 2018 at Singapore 2018 Capacity Building Retreat at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) Professional Development. She also lectures on “Leadership & Governance” to Legislators from Kenya, 21-22 May 2018 at SIM Professional Development. She also lectures Public-Private Partnerships (PPP contracts) and joint ventures to global audience. She gave lectures several times on Corporate Governance to bankers from Uzbekistan.

Prof Tay is currently a member of the National Healthcare Group Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Domain Specific Review Board tasked to review the scientific and ethical aspects of research protocols since 2002. She received her 15 Long Service Award from NHG IRB in 2018. She is also currently a member of the Centralised Institutional Review Board (IRB), Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd tasked to review clinical protocols for human subject experimentation. She was a member of the panel for lay persons for the National Transplant Ethics Committee, Ministry of Health in 2009- 2011.

Prof Tay is the Honourable Legal Advisor for Singapore Optometric Association, as well as for the Singapore Institute of Engineering Technologists. She has lectured in executive training courses at the NUS Extension in professional and business management law courses for over 34 years. She has supervised medical students in electives onMedical ethics & law at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and also for University of Manchester at Singapore Polytechnic. She also lectured nursing students in nursing law and ethics at the NUS Alice School of Nursing as well as in Nanyang Polytechnic. She has lectured medical law and biomedical ethics in the NUS Faculty of Dentistry for more than 15 years.


09 Sep 2021

Course Fee


The class offers in-class or virtual learning
  • Time: 9am – 5pm
  • MIS Member enjoy 10% Discount
  • Register for 8 or more participants to enjoy 10% Group Discount