Q & A – Can I ask employees to sign an agreement saying that if they leave they will not solicit my clients or their former fellow employees?

Q: businessmen-outside Can I ask employees to sign an agreement saying that if they leave they will not solicit my clients or their former fellow employees?

A: Yes, under certain circumstances. These agreements are regulated by state law. Where permitted, such agreements should be written by legal counsel and narrowly-tailored to protect the employer from loss of its employees or clients with whom it has current relationships. Non-solicitation agreements cannot, however, be so restrictive as to prohibit a former employee from contacting former co-workers or clients to say that he or she has left employment and gone elsewhere.​