Practice Note: Confidentiality During and After Employment (UAE)

Information is a key asset of most businesses. Many employees may have access to or create information and acquire valuable knowledge while working for their employer. Employers will want to ensure that they protect this information to the fullest extent possible to avoid any misuse by an employee that could dilute the value of this important asset.

While many jurisdictions have laws in place that may protect an employer’s confidential information during and after employment, employers may be able to take steps, such as entering into a confidentiality restriction in their employment contracts with employees, to prevent employees making use of the information either for themselves or for a third party especially if they are a competitor.
This Practice Note explains:
– What duties in relation to confidential information can be implied by law.
– What information is considered confidential.
– How the employer can protect confidential information using a clause in the employee’s employment contract.
– What remedies are available to an employer where the employee had made unauthorised use or disclosure of the employer’s confidential information.

This practice note is published on Thomson Reuters Practical Law. To read Galadari Advocate & Legal Consultants full practice note on issues arising in relation to confidentiality both during employment and after termination in the UAE, please click here.

The authors of this article are Raka Roy (Partner) and Ishwarya Singh (Paralegal).

Raka has almost 16 years of Middle East experience. She specializes in Commercial, Employment, Data Protection, and Intellectual Property matters. Raka is known for her pragmatic approach, personal touch, and promptness. She advises clients from various industries on employment and immigration law, policies, procedures, and contractual documents. She is also an active member of the INTA Leadership Program and a regular speaker at international events.

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Raka Roy
Ishwarya Singh