Should Employers Include Non-Disclosure Clauses in Their Employee’s Employment Contracts?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 11 March 2024
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Non-Disclosure Clauses, Contracts of Employment

The topic of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) and confidentiality clauses within the context of employment has attracted a surge in media attention in recent years, particularly following the rise of the #metoo campaign relating to the use of NDAs to cover up sexual harassment issues in some workplaces. A lawful NDA is a legally enforceable agreement in which both parties agree to keep certain information confidential. An NDA will be deemed unlawful and non-enforceable as a result if it has been used to cover up other unlawful activities.

Despite some negative press on the issue, the vast majority of NDAs and similar provisions included in employment agreements are genuine efforts by

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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