Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
hiring, laid off, noncompetes

Companies:
motorola, rim



Motorola Trying To Block Competitors From Hiring Workers It Laid Off

from the insult-to-injury dept

We already think that noncompete agreements don't make sense for companies, but Motorola may be taking the concept to a new level. Rather than trying to stop employees from leaving Motorola to go to a competitor, it's now trying to stop employees it already laid off from going to work for RIM. Motorola had already sued RIM earlier this year for trying to entice employees to jump ship, and this followed another suit by Motorola against Apple for hiring away an exec. Maybe rather than trying to prevent employees from going elsewhere, Motorola might want to focus on improving its own offerings and its own working conditions so that this isn't even a problem? But if it's laying people off, it seems rather ridiculous to then try to stop them from joining another company.

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    Flack, 29 Dec 2008 @ 5:27pm

    Buyout?

    The article doesn't say whether the employees accepted a buyout package.

    In the '90s I got 42 weeks of pay as a buyout for leaving Apple. The restriction, don't work for a competitor. Six years later I left Motorola, they were giving very good packages in 2001 also - same limitations.

    Flack

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