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Företagshemlighet eller personligt kunnande?: En uppsats om problematiken med och behovet av företagshemligheter och konkurrensklausuler
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The need to maintain business confidential information within the company are

increasing in today’s knowledge-based society. Today, trade secrets are an asset for entrepreneurs and important for competitiveness. These secrets are sometimes provided to the employees and the more secrets spread, the more vulnerable the employer becomes. To prevent trade secrets from being disclosed there is a law about confidential information and competition clauses could be entered in the employment contracts. Nevertheless, the need to protect confidential information must be compared to the right of workers to freely use their skills.

This paper aims to highlight the legal situation and the legal balance between both parts within the law of confidential information and competition clauses on the basis of a legal science method. It also aims to highlight the use of non-compete agreements from a gender perspective. The purpose of the paper has led to the following research questions; How can the legal framework of trade secrets and compete clauses be understood from an employer and employee perspective and what are the consequences of it? From a gender perspective, what consequences does the balance between the employer’s need to protect confidential information and the employees’ need to be competitive on the labor market after an employment have?

The paper shows that there are weaknesses in the law of confidential information through the employer’s perspective and the law does not stall the employees’ competitiveness. The non-compete agreements however, may jeopardize the movement of the employees and are often seen as unfair in Swedish court. However, the problem is that the freedom of enter contracts prevails and the agreements are valid until an arbitration or court shows otherwise. The study indicates that it is mostly men that are subject to compete clauses, which can lead to improvement of women’s position in the labor market. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
confidential information, balance, compete clauses, collective agreement of 1969, new collective agreement of 2015, gender perspective
National Category
Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52674OAI: diva2:931231
Subject / course
Legal Science
Educational program
Human Resource Management Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-05-27 Created: 2016-05-26 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved

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