Laws dealing with trade secrets, restrictive covenants and social media have undergone major changes explains Seyfarth Shaw partner Robert Milligan. On Trading Secrets, he offers tips on how to head off problems, based on the firm’s recent webinar, “Trade Secret and Noncompete Legislative Update.”
Above all, take a holistic approach to protecting trade secrets and confidential information:
Attorneys should expect a greater trend toward uniformity in trade secrets law and a continued attempt to regulate this area at the federal level, says Milligan. He advises companies to review their polices and procedures regularly to ensure they are consistent with the latest developments.
Even if the business has operations in a state that does not prohibit employers from requiring employees and applicants to provide “personal” social media logins or access, Milligan says it’s still best to avoid asking for this information, unless you need to investigate workplace misconduct.