Noncompete agreements, once restricted to tech workers and high-level executives, have become commonplace among ordinary workers, including security guards, home health aides or hair stylists. If history is any guide, the spread of these contracts could have far-reaching negative implications.
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More companies are doing pay audits, which also carry risks for employers — raising potential questions about unfair pay practices in the past or budget pressures as they fix inequalities they discover.
Seven fast-food companies announced Thursday that they will no longer use no-poaching agreements — which prevent employees from switching between franchises within chains — in their contracts. The decision comes days after a team of state attorneys general, including Pennsylvania's and New Jersey's, requested information from eight chains about their use of the agreements.
Contract clauses known as "no-poaching agreements" are preventing employees from transferring to different franchises within the same company. Now, Pennsylvania and New Jersey state attorneys general are joining an investigation into the agreements.