September 28, 2020 Articles

Top 10 Things Companies Can Do to Protect Their Trade Secrets When an Employee Resigns

Employee departures always create the possibility of trade secret misappropriation. Here’s how to protect against that danger.

By Susan Guerette
Employers should always be ready to protect  confidential information after an employee departs.

Employers should always be ready to protect confidential information after an employee departs.

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When an employee resigns, it is often done without advance notice and the employer does not have time to prepare. If a process is not in place, the employee may have packed up his or her office and left for a direct competitor without a single question having been asked. Employers should have a checklist ready so that they can ensure that they have taken steps to protect the company’s confidential information, safeguarded valuable customer relationships, and ensured that they can sue the employee if they learn of unlawful conduct. Keeping these steps in mind will enable the company to be in the strongest position to protect its confidential information, trade secrets, and business relationships.

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