A confidentiality policy should be implemented to protect trade secrets and other proprietary information from leaving your organization. Some organizations go even further and make certain employees sign individual agreements. These agreements and policies are easier to implement than noncompete agreements because state laws are much more restrictive for noncompete agreements in order to protect an individual’s right to earn a living.1. Is a formal confidentiality policy truly necessary?
Do not take employee discretion for granted! Since trade secrets and other proprietary information can make or break the success of your company, you shouldn’t leave their protection to chance. Instead, establish clear policies concerning the confidentiality, nondisclosure, and noncompetitive use of sensitive information. Use the following clause to introduce your proprietary information and confidentiality policy.
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