Until last week, interactions between Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao and employees working in his office were subject to a rather unusual restriction, namely, a complete prohibition on the latter concerning any discussion about Rao or his family members inside or outside the office.
Live Nation Entertainment Inc., a major player in the concert promotion business, hired Michael Cohl, a stated "legend in the concert industry," as its chairman in 2008. A large part of Cohl's allure was his expected ability to ink major stars to contracts covering concerts, recordings and sponsorship deals.
Here's a not-often considered barometer for assessing whether the economy is experiencing an uptick in activity and worker movement: the amount of media coverage and litigation concerning noncompete and confidentiality agreements.
We noted in a previous blog post (October 4) the angst and passions kindled in many Georgia residents when the topic of non-compete agreements comes up. Georgia has long been among only a handful of states with law that voids an entire non-compete agreement if any aspect of it is deemed illegal. Most states, by contrast, enable a judge to strike a specific provision if it is found to be against public policy and uphold the remainder of a contract executed between an employer and worker.
When many people hear the words non-compete or non-disclosure agreement, they tend to think of contractual arrangements between employers and employees in the private work force. A few of our previous blog posts have featured stories on non competes in this vein, such as an August 2 post in which we discussed non-disclosure agreements between BP and marine scientists, and a September 13 blog focusing on non-compete clauses in college coaching contracts.That is far from routinely being the case, though, as a number of non-disclosure agreements are also executed in the public sphere, between government bodies and employees, including the military.