If you‚Äôve been in the business world long enough, you‚Äôve run into executives at both small and big companies making agreements to not recruit other company‚Äôs employees. These agreements are a by-product of the good-ole-boy network and usually the result of one executive knowing another and agreeing to keep each other‚Äôs companies ‚Äúoff-limits‚Äù to recruiting efforts.
It‚Äôs called collusion, right?
Funny thing is, HR has never really had a voice in that. Instead, we find out what the agreement is ‚Äúex-post facto‚Äù and if we‚Äôre really lucky, we get to ruin someone‚Äôs life by retracting an offer due to these informal agreements ‚Äì after that employee has already resigned at their current company.
It‚Äôs always been stupid like that. The good news is that the legal system is rapidly taking these agreements off the table. First, it was Silicon Valley and now seven fast-food chains ‚Äî including Arby‚Äôs, Cinnabon and McDonald‚Äôs ‚Äî have pledged to end so-called ‚Äúno-poaching‚Äù rules that have prevented employees from moving from one franchise to another within the same restaurant chain: More from CNN:
‚ÄúWashington state‚Äôs Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday the agreement could end the practice at roughly 25,000 restaurants nationwide.
The move will mean fairer hiring practices for ‚Äòtens of thousands of low-wage‚Äô workers in the United States, Ferguson‚Äôs office said. His office also said it will take legal action against franchises that violate the agreement, and the companies could face civil penalties or fines.
The fast-food chains included in the agreement are Arby‚Äôs, Auntie Anne‚Äôs, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carl‚Äôs Jr., Cinnabon, Jimmy John‚Äôs, and McDonald‚Äôs ().
‚ÄòNo-poach‚Äô rules bar workers at franchise-owned restaurants from being hired by a separate franchise within the same chain‚Ä¶