An employee may be required to sign an NDA or NDA-type agreement with an employer to protect trade secrets. In fact, some employment contracts contain a clause limiting the use and dissemination by employees of confidential information held by the company. In the case of disputes settled by transaction, the parties often sign a confidentiality agreement relating to the terms of the transaction. T12  Examples of this agreement are the Dolby brand agreement with Dolby Laboratories, the Windows Insider Agreement, and the CFP (Community Feedback Program) halo with Microsoft. This clause requires employees to return any material containing trade secrets when they leave the company. They should be reminded of this commitment before leaving. (See Chapter 2 for proposals for conducting an “exit interview” when a staff member leaves.) Select option 1 if a new employee signs the agreement. Confidentiality agreements must set two periods: the period during which the disclosed information is defined and agreed and the period during which the information must be kept secret. If no time period is indicated, there is a greater chance of litigation and forensic audits to make a fair and equitable decision.