In a recent article about employee poaching Mark Hendricks profiled the common practice of poaching a competitor’s talent.  In the article he noted:

  1. Employers like to hire people who are employed, not unemployed; 
  2. Reaching potential hires through social networking tools like LinkedIn has made poaching easier; and
  3. Potential employers need to worry about non-solicitation agreements, non-compete agreements

                                              

A while back we discussed the DOJ’s investigation into allegations that technology giants in Silicon Valley were effectively preventing computer programmers from making job changes by agreeing not to poach their competitors’ employees.

Last week the DOJ filed a lawsuit along with a proposed settlement with Apple Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp.