Today, I have the privilege of speaking to the Executive Search Owners Association. Over the years I have had the privilege of representing placement professionals in a number of circumstances. Some tips:
- Make sure your engagement agreements/contracts make sense and are enforceable;
- Remember that non-competes and non-solicitation agreements in Texas can be enforceable;
- Screen your candidates to determine if they have entered into a non-compete or non-solicit;
- Remember that if someone you placed is sued it is likely that their new employer will be as well;
- Protect your candidate and client information – that information can be a trade secret;
- Make sure you are in compliance with the Texas Occupations Code;
- A little money spent on an attorney up front can save a lot of money down the road;
- Be factual when you talk about a potential employer;
- Don’t give legal advice; and
- If you sign an agreement prepare to have to comply with it.
Below are some resources and previous writings placement professionals might find of use:
- Texas Occupations Code Section 2501 (Related to Placement Professionals)
- Previous entries related to placement professionals including discussion of the Texas Occupations Code; and
- Previous entries related to Social Networking.