I was let go from my job last week. My former employer now wants me to sign an agreement that says I won't recruit any staff or contractors or influence their business and/or mess with "trade secrets," etc. for some 24 months. Seems like a harmless agreement.
Do I need to sign this?
While it may seem harmless because you don't intend on recruiting any staff etc., you should not ever sign an agreement like this without having it reviewed by an attorney. The agreement may also include a waiver of any claims you may have against your former employer, like unemployment. Also, if your employer wants you to agree to not recruit (which you are normally free to do) they should pay you for giving up that right.
Get a lawyer to review any agreement and negotiate the terms to your benefit. Good luck!
I'm licensed to practice law only in Utah and Idaho, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in the states where I’m licensed, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Utah or Idaho, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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