In employment terms, non-solicitation clauses restrict the ability of the parties to a contract to actively recruit one another’s employees. They say, in effect, “if you want to do business with me, you have to first promise to not steal my talent.

Non-solicitation clauses are an everyday business reality. You see them in boilerplates of contracts between suppliers and vendors and in agreements between business partners of all sorts. 

But did anyone ever stop to ask you, Mrs. Employee?  These agreements exist between organizations, but your company doesn’t own in the way it formally owns most of its other assets. You are employed “at-will.” So at what point does it become legal for your company to sign away your right to be recruited by another company, and without first gaining your consent? How many potential job opportunities have you missed in your career because of non-solicitation clauses?

I’m just asking…   

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