What A Departing Employee Can And Can't Do

Law360, New York (June 29, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT) -- When an employee decides to leave an employer to join a competing entity or become a competitor, he or she is permitted to take certain preparatory steps before the departure. However, other preparatory steps are out of bounds. The rules as to what is permissible apply regardless of whether or not the employee signed a post-employment noncompetition agreement.

Often, it is in stepping across these bounds during the employee's remaining time with the employer that the employee creates a cause of action for the employer that...
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