When a business hires a new employee, there is a very good chance that the employee will be asked to sign something referred to as a non-disclosure agreement. These agreements are generally relatively straightforward, and their primary function is to protect information that is sensitive and central to a company’s security. Whether you are a new employee, or you are an employer, you should read this blog and speak with our Georgia employment law attorney to learn more about these agreements and what they mean for you. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding non-disclosure agreements in Georgia:
What is a non-disclosure agreement and why am I being asked to sign it?
A non-disclosure agreement is a document designed to protect sensitive information pertaining to a company. As an employee, if you are going to be exposed to such information, oftentimes, your employer will ask you to sign such an agreement to protect certain trade secrets, information about clients, information regarding new products/services, sales/marketing plans, and more. In most cases, these documents make perfect sense.
Is it legal for my employer to ask me to sign a non-disclosure agreement?
Generally, yes, requiring employees to sign non-disclosure agreements is both legal and makes perfect sense. If your employer will be sharing trade secrets with you, giving you access to private information (either clients’ information or the company’s information), introducing plans for their business to you, or other acts of that nature, there is a very good chance that such an agreement is perfectly sound.
What happens if I violate a non-disclosure agreement?
If you violate a non-disclosure agreement, you will very likely face serious legal penalties on the basis of a breach of contract. This is why before you sign such an agreement, you should strongly consider hiring a seasoned Atlanta employment agreements attorney who can work to ensure that you fully understand its terms, and that you also fully understand the penalties for violating those terms. Doing so may prevent you from facing serious legal ramifications in the long run. Keep in mind that if you violate such an agreement, you may face charges of copyright infringement and more. Do not let this happen. Speak with our firm today. We are here to assist you.
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