Re: Non-compete clause query

Subject: Re: Non-compete clause query
From: John Wolf <jjwolf -at- SPRYNET -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 17:28:16 -0700

Ray,

One year is normal. Two years is extreme. Perhaps you can get them to agree that
you will not solicit from the client. That's reasonable. It's their client,
after all. Like someone else said, however, this may not be enforceable in your
state. Of course, if you do choose to work direct for their client, you probably
won't work for that agency again.

The other important issue is that the client has a contract with the agency. Its
non-solicitation clause is usually stronger than the one between you and the
agency. Some agencies I've worked for don't restrict contractors at all because
the client has agreed not to hire them. Usually the client is more reluctant to
violate the contract that you are.

-John

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