Play It Safe with Separate Confidentiality Agreement

Although employee handbooks provide a number of important benefits to employers, they do not necessarily provide all the legal protections managers might wish, particularly in the area of confidentiality and trade secrets.

In a recent New Jersey district court decision (Metropolitan Foods, Inc. dba Driscoll Foods v. Kelsch), the court ruled that a provision in a company handbook could not be used as a valid confidentiality agreement between employer and employee.

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