Tag: competitor

Who Owns Knowledge? Considerations When Hiring Employees from a Competitor

You may have recently heard that the heads of two mega-tech companies, Meta and X, the company formerly known as Twitter, have exchanged accusations. No, we aren’t referring to the potential “cage match” but to the allegation that Threads (a social media app from Meta) was developed using confidential information and trade secrets known by […]

4 Recruitment Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)

Anyone in HR knows this is a difficult time to be a recruiter. Whether you blame it on the downward-trending economy, the Great Resignation, or the number of companies desperate for labor, the fact is, the power balance right now rests in the hands of talent. Finding the right employees for open positions at your […]


Leadership: The Value of ‘Did You Get That Figured Out?’

The term “micromanagement” has a negative connotation and for good reason. In general, people don’t like to have someone literally or figuratively looking over their shoulder while they perform their work. At the same time, managers are often faced with employees who—for a variety of reasons—ask for more help in performing relatively straightforward tasks.


Important Tips for Developing Future Leaders

It’s often easy for companies and their leadership to be so caught up in the day-to-day challenges of running the organization that they overlook long-term planning—and we’re not just talking about annual, 5-year, or even 10-year plans. Even companies that are thinking long term are often thinking long term through the lens of their existing […]


How to Find Passive Candidates

Open positions are becoming tougher and tougher to fill. Recruiters are looking for options to find more candidates for each role simply to have more options to choose from. Sometimes it’s difficult to even find someone qualified.

Should Noncompete Agreement Be in Purchase and Sale Agreement or in Employment Agreement?

By Chris Semerjian When Canadian employers are buying other businesses, the question of noncompetes often arises. But a noncompetition provision in an employment contract may not be the answer. According to the Quebec Court of Appeal in Guay Inc. c. Payette, 2011 QCCA 2282, you may be better protected by only having a noncompetition covenant […]

Good People Are Good People to Know

Last week I spent a few days with members of the Employers Counsel Network, a group of people that our company works with closely on a regular basis. We tend to get together formally as a group once each year to catch up, discuss business, and strengthen our bonds. It’s a great meeting that mixes […]

Noncompetes Often a Nonstarter

By Gulu Punia and Kyla Stott-Jess Signing a noncompete agreement can potentially provide some assurance that former employees will not start up or join the competing business across the street. In the absence of a noncompete agreement, employers often try to rely on their former employees’ fiduciary duties to combat competition. Unfortunately, Alberta’s Court of […]

Like Brett Favre, Mark Hurd Takes His Game Elsewhere

I was intrigued to learn this week that Hewlett-Packard had sued to prevent its former CEO, Mark Hurd, from joining Oracle Corp. as co-president. You may recall that a few weeks ago I commented that I thought HP had done the right thing by parting ways with Mr. Hurd after he violated the company’s standard […]

The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility Is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It

Employment law attorney Michael P. Maslanka reviews the book The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility Is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It by Christine Pearson and Christine Porath. I’ve been reading an interesting book, The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility Is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It […]