Q: “The gym, where I really want to train and teach, requires their independent contractors and employees to sign a non-compete agreement. Do I have to sign it? (a) I will return to the Company all documents and assets of the company, including, but not necessarily limited: proposals, plans, reports, correspondence, client lists and all other documents and copies of them that relate in any way to the company`s business or that have been received from me during my reflection. I also agree not to keep copies, notes or electronic or paper summaries of the above. (b) the company is entitled to no omission, including damages, loss of income or competitive release of similar products or offers resulting from a violation of this agreement. (c) This agreement is binding on me and my representatives of personal and entitled interests and benefits society, its successors and its beneficiaries. Northwest Personal Training`s non-compete agreement contains provisions relating to conflicts of interest, client/collaborator recruitment and intellectual property. Its direct geographic area prevents employees from working within a five-mile radius after leaving the northwest. Competition bans can help protect a company`s most sensitive information, such as business practices, intellectual property and monetary investment in employees, Steinmeyer said. However, HIPAA is not the only legislation that complies with the obligations of fitness companies to protect the information and privacy of customers. National laws are different, but they often require notification of certain types of breaches of confidentiality and require specific security measures. In general, in many countries, there are laws that require the implementation of information security technologies to protect certain types of data, including health information, and to limit collection and transmission. A compilation of state laws can be made here: www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/security-breach-notification-laws.aspx. Once you understand your fitness company`s confidentiality and confidentiality obligations, it is important to develop policies and procedures that actively protect the privacy of your clients and any other legal entity to whom you owe due diligence.