Why do I need a non-disclosure agreement with my employees?

Confidentiality agreements give a contractual legal remedy for illegal disclosure or misuse of information. Depending on the information discussed, you may also have other legal remedies available, such as under trade secret or copyright law. Trade secrets are ideas or information, which the creator used financial resources to create, and made efforts to keep secret. Both state and federal laws protect trade secrets. If you have disclosed written information or source code, copyright can often help if the other party's disclosure or misuse involved making a copy of that information. These remedies may be in addition to the contractual remedy in a confidentality agreement.