Why do I need a non-disclosure agreement with my employees?

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Confidentiality agreements give a contractual legal remedy for illegal disclosure or misuse of information. Depending on the information discussed, you may also have other legal remedies available, such as under trade secret or copyright law. Trade secrets are ideas or information, which the creator used financial resources to create, and made efforts to keep secret. Both state and federal laws protect trade secrets. If you have disclosed written information or source code, copyright can often help if the other party’s disclosure or misuse involved making a copy of that information. These remedies may be in addition to the contractual remedy in a confidentality agreement.

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