What Every Employee and Employer Needs to Know About
Confidentiality & Non-Disclosure Workplace Agreements
By: Atty. Steve Rosenberg
When you think of company secrets, you perhaps think of a defense contractor building high-tech laser guided weapons. But the accounting firm down the street, the local hair salon, and even your trusty auto mechanic all possess secret or confidential information that it may want to protect. Not many people realize that something as simple and rudimentary as a business’ customer or client list, can be considered secret or confidential information. “Protected Information” can vary from employer to employer. Consequently, it is important for every employee to understand exactly what information is considered “protected” in their particular workplace.
and pop” business, chances are that when you were hired, you signed either a document acknowledging receipt of an Employee Handbook, or some other type of Employment Contract or Agreement, containing language whereby you agreed to refrain from sharing certain company information.