How can you protect your business from having its confidential and proprietary information disclosed by employees and independent contractors?
The best way to protect your confidential and proprietary business information from disclosure is to have your employees and contractors sign an employment or consultant agreement with confidentiality provisions. Such an agreement should contain a definition of "confidential information" that is broad enough to cover the business interests that you want to protect. These may include customer lists, business practices, market research, sales strategies and even training methods and content. Ideally, you should have employees and independent contractors sign the agreement at the beginning of the relationship in order to set expectations. Preventative measures always cost less that cleaning up after the fact, particularly when clean up involves messy legal disputes and fees.