Can My Employer Legally Require Me to Sign an NDA?

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Can My Employer Legally Require Me to Sign an NDA?

Starting a new job may mean that your employer is requiring you to sign a number of important documents including a non-disclosure agreement. To learn more about non-disclousre agreements and what to expect regarding these documents, continue reading. If you have any further questions regarding NDAs, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced employment law attorney. Here are some questions, you may have regarding non-disclosure agreements:

What is a non-disclosure agreement?

A non-disclosure agreement is a legal document that is used to protect sensitive information pertaining to a company. Employers will use NDAs to protect the following:

  • Trade secrets
  • Information about new products or services
  • Sales or marketing plans
  • Client information

The following are the most common circumstances that these agreements will be used in:

  • Upon providing information to a reporter who is writing about the business
  • Upon hiring a new employee that will have access to confidential information
  • Sharing a trade secret
  • Starting a business relationship between an attorney and a client or a doctor and a patient
  • Business plans or plans for a new product

Can my employer require me to sign an NDA?

It is legal to require employees to sign a non-disclosure agreement in most circumstances. There is a good chance that an agreement is sound and necessary when it comes to protecting a business if your employer will be doing any of the following:

  • Giving you access to private information
  • Sharing trade secrets
  • Introducing plans for their business

What happens if I violate an NDA?

Violating a non-disclosure agreement will result in you facing serious legal penalties. If you worry that the NDA that you are being required to sign by your employer may risk you violating its terms, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced attorney who can help you to understand the agreement you are signing and what it entails. If you have any further questions regarding these agreements, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to speak with our legal team. Give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation to learn more about our services and how we can assist you with your employment law matters.


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