Nope – you are not required, in any state, to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when leaving your employment. However, even without an NDA, there are a few important things for you to think about. First, did you thoroughly look through your employment records and/or work email? Some employers will send a series of emails to a new employee when s/he commence employments. Often times an NDA will be an agreement attached to one of those emails. Also, even without an NDA, the law protects businesses from former employees who make use of confidential information or disclose it to other people, in breach of trust. Therefore, an NDA just provides a company with more proof in court of the confidential relationship. With that said, don’t rush to disclose or use any trade secrets before you know your rights!
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