Items tagged with non-compete

Amazon created quite a ruckus this week when it was revealed that it was requiring low-wage, low-skill warehouse workers to sign non-compete clauses when taking a job with the company. This requirement even extended to seasonal workers and prohibited them from “[Engaging] in or [supporting] the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon” for a period of 18 months. Amazon even held their workers’ feet to the fire if they were laid off, making it even harder to find work once leaving the Amazon umbrella.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (Source: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)... Read more...
Non-compete agreements are pretty common among highly technical white collar jobs. It's one of the best ways for a company to protect trade secrets from the competition. For example, if you're working for Spacely Sprockets on an new and innovative type of gear that took years to develop, a non-compete agreement would prevent you from jumping ship to Cogswell Cogs and screwing over your former employer. It makes sense, but why is Amazon making even its seasonal warehouse workers sign them? That's a good question. Here's the deal -- Amazon processes a lot of online orders. Things get especially busy during the holiday season, so it brings on board temporary workers to help fulfill all the additional... Read more...