Is salary, bonus information confidential? (Toughest HR Question)

It depends on the employer’s operation, terms of employment agreement
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/20/2015

Question: Can an employee’s compensation information (salary and bonuses) be considered confidential company information that employees can be prohibited from disclosing?


Answer: At common law, an employee has an implied duty of good faith, which prevents the employee from disclosing or misusing the employer’s confidential information. Also, employment contracts often contain express provisions that are designed to protect the confidentiality of the employer’s trade secrets and other types of confidential information to which the employee could be exposed.