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Non-Compete Law

This is America…I can always quit and find a better job!

Is this a true statement?  Not in Virginia. Maybe half of the statement is correct.  You can quit you job.  However, you cannot always go find a better job in your same industry or locale.  Why?  Because of that one page document you signed 5 years ago (along with health insurance forms and who to...[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]

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]

Hair Club for Men – in the news again!

If you were an adolescent in the 1990s, there is no doubt you remember some of the classic Hair Club for Men commercials where men would smile while woman rubbed their hands across thick luscious clumps of natural looking hair on a man standing nearby. I recall friends reenacting the adds in middle school and...[Read More]

Non-Competes Are Bad For The Little Guy and Bad for the Larger Economy

Not my title but my sentiments exactly.  This title comes from an article recently published in Fortune magazine. Non-competes are employment contracts that prevent a departing employee (departing voluntarily or involuntarily) from working for a competitor for one year…or two years…or even three years.  The agreements are not only bad for individual workers but they are bad...[Read More]