Here is a great article on employee poaching…
Especially the part that says:
Watch for legal troubles
If it turns out that the candidate you’ve been
eyeing at a competitor is as good as you hoped, and you want to begin talking
with them more seriously about joining your firm, a critical step is to find out
whether they have a non-compete agreement with their current employer. If they
do, and they jump ship to join your firm, depending on the state in which you’re
based, you may be in for a great deal of trouble, including a lawsuit in some
cases. Some states take non-compete agreements very seriously. An employment
lawyer can advise you on how best to proceed.
Keep in mind that talking with a candidate who is bound by a non-compete agreement is definitely a matter of weighing the risks and rewards, according to Mike Travis, principal of Travis & Company, in Newton Center, Massachusetts. “It’s very easy to run afoul of a non-compete, and it’s very expensive to fix your mistake,” he says.Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-poach-an-employee-from-a-competitor-2011-3#ixzz1FeENqIly
“expensive?” Understatement of the day.