The sole purpose of the employee non-disclosure agreement is to make clear to an employee that he or she may not disclose your trade secrets without permission. Lawyers recommend that employers use such agreements prior to an employee starting work. If the agreement is with a current employee, we recommend that you give the employee something of value over and above normal salary and benefits. Because HR employees have access to sensitive and confidential information, the company must be assured that HR staff won't disclose it and that discussions about the information are confined only to those who need to know it. Some HR confidentiality agreements discourage HR staff from developing friendships with workers outside the HR department. However, that's difficult to control, and it presumes that HR staff can't be trusted to separate their professional duties from their personal relationships. In any employment relationship, it is common for employees to come into contact with confidential and proprietary information. In most cases, this information will be necessary for them to do their jobs. This information may include employee, customer, or client personal information, technical data, records, processes, plans, reports, software, prototypes, or inventions and ideas. A Confidentiality Agreement, therefore, serves to explain how to appropriately handle and treat confidential information both during and after their employment with your company.