When an employee first comes on board at a new company, that individual must review numerous documents, policies and forms. In addition to covering a variety of topics, such as initial title, compensation, location and manager, these documents should also focus on issues regarding confidential information, trade secrets, IP and related issues. The employer should define what its data/information is and inform the new employee what constitutes employer property. Before a separating employee leaves the organization, it is important to remind the employee that there is an ongoing obligation to protect the employer’s IP and confidential information through the nondisclosure agreement or comparable document that the employee signed during the onboarding process.
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