I may soon be employed by a US company (I've never worked for one before). My question regards confidentiality of information in the employer-employee relations, by default (= by law/legal precedent), when this issue is not explicitly addressed in an employment contract.
Which party is required to keep the confidentiality of what kinds of information/knowledge?
- The fact that you're employed at the company
- The employment conditions
- General, supposedly non-sensitive information about the company, e.g. how many employees it has, or how big its offices are, or what the cafeteria serves for lunch.
- Technologies the company uses, in the general sense (e.g. we host our own cluster rather than renting virtual machines on the cloud)
- More potentially-sensitive information, but one the disclosure of which does not in itself cause any damage, e.g. names of clients (when it's not a private/delicate matter), technologies used and so on.
I'm pretty sure the employee is required to keep 5 confidential, and isn't required to keep 1 or 2 in confidence. But what about the employer? Can it disclose that information? And what about the other categories?