I currently work for a dog walking company in California. My employer has just handed me a "Confidentiality, Nondisclosure, and Nonrecruiting Agreement." While I think I understand and completely respect the intent behind it, to protect her business. I'm uncomfortable with this section:
of Employment. If employee's employment with Company is terminated for any reason, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, Employee shall promptly:
d. Allow Company's representative to inspect Employee's personal desktop computer, laptop computer, [etc] to determine whether any of Company's Trade Secrets or Confidential Information reside on that computer and to remove any Trade Secrets.....
Is this legal? Is it enforceable? Can I ask for this clause to be removed from the agreement? Is it worth my efforts?
The other section that bothers me is the Covenant Not to Compete During Term of Employment. I've discussed this with my employer about specifics (I'd like to take on extra boarding clients when it doesn't interfere with my current duties for her company, and she says this is okay in general.) The document doesn't allow for this in any capacity.
Is this worth asking to be changed? Is it my responsibility to come up with alternate wording? Can I opt not to sign the document as it is? Is it legal to be fired for not signing it? Or not signing it by her deadline (tomorrow)?