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Spotlight on No-Poach Agreements Continues, Expands to New Industries

By on October 20, 2018 in Commercial, Contracts, Employment

Employment contractSome state attorneys general and the U.S.  Department of Justice are looking into no-poach agreements that some companies are including in their franchise operating agreements, reports Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

“Such clauses typically prohibit franchisees from hiring employees directly from the franchisor or other franchisees for up to six months following the end of their employment. [Washington State Attorney General Bob] Ferguson has been touting the ongoing success of his investigation with respect to fast food chains, and franchise-based chains in other industries appear to be his next target,” according to the authors.

“Any employers that currently utilize no-poach agreements or are considering doing so should be sure to examine whether there are valid pro-competitive justifications for the agreement that outweigh any anti-competitive effect and whether the benefits of the no-poach agreement are worth the risk of the potential governmental or private challenge that is likely to occur.”

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