Under the common law of contract an employee owes a duty of fidelity or loyalty to an employer. This means that as long as the employment contract continues, the employee must not compete with the employer or work for a competitor. This is an implied term of the contract but in many written contracts there will also be an express term setting out exactly what the employee's duty of fidelity involves. The latter may include post-contractual restraints; for example, preventing the employee from releasing confidential information after they have moved to another job. The law now increasingly recognizes corresponding duties on the part of the employer to respect the private life and dignity of the employee.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.