Are No-Poach Deals Hidden in Fast Food’s Secret Sauce?

On Monday, attorneys general from 10 states sent a letter to eight fast-food companies to find out if company franchises use “no-poach” clauses in their contracts. In the letter, the AGs request information and documents that may contain “no-poach agreements,” which refers to any language that “restricts or prevents franchisees from hiring or soliciting employees of and/or other franchisees for employment.” Included in this are no-solicitation, non-compete and/or no-hire agreements.

“I find this case a little peculiar,” says Jason Finkelstein, an attorney at Cole Schotz P.C. “I wasn’t aware of [the potential wide-spread] use of no-poach agreements among franchisees from the same corporation.”

Indeed, Finkelstein says, plenty of corporations and franchises implement no-compete clauses, but to use no-poaching for franchises from the same company seems like overkill.

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