Got a non compete? Now it will stick…Don Day | March 30, 2008
Have a non-compete clause in your employment agreement? That’s the language common in media contracts that says you can’t work for the competition for a set period if you quit, or are terminated for cause. It’s used to help pin down “stars” and other talent — but can also extend down the food chain. Now the Idaho House and Senate have passed legislation that would shore up those rules. Seems Idaho courts have been reluctant to enforce the non-competes. There’s been several cases of folks being held off the air while the agreements tick away (Steve & Steph’s four month furlough between KZMG and KCIX in the late 90s — and I believe Mike & Kate sat out a while when the made the same move), but in general most attorneys would tell you they weren’t easy to enforce.
If Gov. Butch signs it — it’s a done deal. Details here.
(Disclosure: I have a non-compete clause in my employment contract)