In our experience, food companies chronically underestimate the economic value of product formulas and their other intellectual characteristics. Unless another can be patented, it cannot be protected by the use of national registries such as trademarks and copyrights. To protect trade secrets, food companies must enter into comprehensive confidentiality agreements with everyone they deal with. Confidentiality agreements, circumvention agreements, non-invitation agreements and non-compete agreements are a family of documents called confidentiality agreements. Current, former and future employees, who successfully challenge the validity and applicability of a WTA agreement, are entitled to legal fees and fees. However, the WTA allows the parties to enter into reciprocal agreements that “contain provisions that would otherwise be unilateral and contrary to public order” if the agreement is not respected: in addition, the WTA prohibits the application of unilateral non-disparity and non-disclosure agreements that require confidentiality in matters of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in nullity and contrary to public order. In order to ensure compliance with the WTA, employers should conduct a legal review of all labour agreements that may include arbitration and confidentiality provisions, including recruitment, non-disclosure, counting and termination agreements. Employers should also put in place a procedure to ensure that only compliant agreements will be implemented in the future, including amendments and extensions to existing agreements concluded after 1 January 2020. In any case, there is never any harm in doing an exit interview with an outgoing employee and verifying the confidentiality agreement they signed during their work as a gentle reminder of their permanent duty of confidentiality. On August 9, 2019, Governor J.B Pritzker signed the Illinois Workplace Transparency Transparency Act (WTA) that amends several government laws regarding Illinois employers or employers whose employees work in Illinois. Below is an overview of the main provisions of this omnibus legislation. Senate Act 75 is, like many other recent state statutes, responsive to the #MeToo movement and affect common labor practices, such as arbitration agreements and confidentiality clauses in transaction agreements.