I'm currently hiring some part-time developer abroad and wanted to make sure that I made them sign all the needed legal documents.
So, normally in those cases, what would you make those future employee sign?
A NDA? a waiver to transfer IP rights from the employee work on your project (also if that is needed and someone has a good sample I would be interested)? What else?
Dane made some good points. Before you hire anyone or talk about your technology, you need to be under NDA. Some consulting agreements include NDA's but some don't. I have found that it's easier to separate the NDA from the agreement because you may want to chat first with the contractor about your idea. So, NDA every time.
The consulting agreement with contractors is a must. Employees will have either a confidentiality agreement or something similar. Both of which should have an IP assignment statement that anything they create, while working for you, your companies owns. The consulting agreement should have that as well.
Now, maybe I should open a new thread, but while we are talking about this matter here, let me just ask several questions.
What do you get by forcing some abroad developer to sing NDA agreement? Will that stop them from getting some ideas from you? Will that stop them to reuse the code they wrote for you?
They will get ideas from you with or without NDA. They can shave it up to be much different than yours, but again concept is the same. There is no way to forbid a developer to reuse the code they wrote. It's just ain't gonna happened unless he cannot physically access it (remote work can solve this to some degree).
So, what's the point there?
There are much better way to protect your product and idea and that's make it good and grab a market share for you.
If you have a top secret idea and have money to implement it, you will have a closed facility with developers from your own country and protection can be achieved.
But if you are about to hire a part-time abroad developer, what damage he can ever cause to you in this huge world (read: huge market)?
It could be great to hear someone that actually gained something from NDA and share his experience on it.
I am writing this because in our company also exits this "need" for signed NDA with everyone we need to speak about our business and makes me very tired :)