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As non-compete agreement use expands, backlash grows

Patrick Thibodeau | Feb. 9, 2016
Legislative opponents say noncompetes can derail careers and damage people financially.

Employees taking a new job will sign what is put in front of them, said Joseph Kroeger, a partner in the labor and employment group at Snell & Wilmer. But for those employees with noncompetes who want to seek a new job, he recommends discussing it with the employer.

"Companies appreciate it when employees are upfront and above board and they usually reciprocate," Kroeger said.

The employees that may face trouble are those who tell employers, that "I'm leaving, and I haven't thought about what's next" but two days later their LinkedIn profile is updated with the name of their new employer, and it is a competitor, Kroeger said.


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