Peter Altieri Quoted in “No-Poaching Pacts Could Land HR Professionals in Jail”

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

Peter L. Altieri, a Member of the Firm in the Litigation and Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practices, in the firm’s New York office, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, in “No-Poaching Pacts Could Land HR Professionals in Jail,” by Gayle Cinquegrani. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

“Antitrust and employment didn't really intersect until” the Silicon Valley cases in 2010, Peter Altieri told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 4. Altieri is a member of Epstein Becker Green in New York who specializes in antitrust and trade regulation and employment litigation. Since then, many states have considered adopting or expanding legislation regarding noncompetition agreements affecting employees, he said.

As for no-poaching and wage-setting agreements among HR professionals, Altieri said, “It doesn't matter if there is a wink or handshake. It's unlawful activity.”

Although jail time would be possible, it's unlikely that many HR people would be sentenced to prison, he said.

Nevertheless, companies should incorporate information from these guidelines into their HR policies and training, he said. “You want to add this to the list of risk and compliance training that you give to your staff,” he said.