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Non-Compete Law

Even smart people are dumb – #noncompetes #jobsecurity Google v. Uber

Forgive me, I use hashtags ironically.  And this morning, after having read yet another article  about the ongoing trade secret litigation between Google and Uber, respectively.  This is not a surprising scenario, but as alleged we have the following players: Company 1 (Google) has long term employee (we will call him Bozo) who helps Company 1...[Read More]

Lock Up Workers – Legally

The New York Times recently published an editorial on non-compete agreements titled, “Agreements That Lock Up Workers, Legally.”  You can read the editorial here. The editorial lays out why unfair non-compete agreements make our country less competitive and less innovative but the most striking information for me is that 28 million people are now subject...[Read More]

Do Non-competes destroy lives?

Do non-competes destroy lives? Are they moral? Legal? This seems to be a good week to engage in that conversation. Listen to my rant on whether non-competes are moral – here: INC.Com article:  https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/your-non-competes-arent-saving-your-business-they-are-destroying-lives.html New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/business/noncompete-clauses.html   What do you think?

I Absolutely Hate Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements

I know…I know, I ‘ve said it before but non-competes are horrible and make America less competitive and stifle innovation and entrepreneurship, and they always hurt the little guys! Take a few moments from your day and read this article from the New York Times.  The title, “Companies Compete but Won’t Let Their Workers Do...[Read More]

What Happens to your Non-Compete Contract When your Employer is Purchased?

We get this question frequently and the answer can be complicated.   In the most common situation, an employee signs a non-compete agreement with her employer (the ABC Company).  The contract provides the employee will not leave the ABC Company (its subsidiaries or affiliates) and compete in the same industry or line of business for...[Read More]

Virginia is good for business (*which means bad for employees!)

This month I read a summary of accolades for my home – the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Best State for Business (6/50) – Forbes Magazine Top State Business Climate (6/50) Top State for Business (13/50) – CNBC What does all this mean? Well practically speaking, what is a good business climate is – cheap workers, low...[Read More]

On the 12th day of Christmas, my boss gave to me – a new non-compete

Despite my best efforts at educating my fellow Virginians, on the law, their rights and legal obligations, rumors still run rampant about the law and how it applies to individual employees.  So, in the spirit of the Season, I wanted to share some of my favorite blogs (yes, some I wrote) and articles on Virginia...[Read More]

Non-Competes and Virginia’s Constitution

There is nothing on Virginia’s ballot this November that relates to non-compete agreements. My efforts have not been that successful.  Nor is there a law likely to pass in the Virginia General Assembly this Winter that in any way impacts restrictive covenants in Virginia employment agreements.  Right now, the law in Virginia is basically –...[Read More]