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This guide discusses the duty of confidentiality, what this means and redress for breaches of confidence.
The duty of fidelity restrains an employee from competing with the interests of his or her employer
for the life of the employment relationship; employees may not compete with their employers and
should not assist anyone else to do so. Once the employment relationship has ended however, it is
the duty of confidence that takes over and prevents an employee from being unjustly enriched at
the expense of his or her former employer.
This A-Z Guide deals with the duty of confidentiality that is owed by employees to their employers.
Please also refer to the following A-Z Guides for information about employers’ obligations in respect
of their employees as it relates to maintaining the confidentiality of personal information:
Termination of Employment
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