Eric Akira Tate spoke to HR Magazine about enforcing noncompete agreements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Plenty of employers are continuing to enforce noncompetes and other restrictive covenants,” Eric said, noting that they generally use them to discourage employees from taking valuable trade-secret information to competitors. “In some respects, given the prevalence of work-from-home arrangements, employers could argue that concerns about protecting information are greater.”
He added that employers should consider which roles in the organization might merit a noncompete.
“There’s a trend against enforcement with low-wage earners,” he said. “Don’t try to be overreaching.”
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