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No Contact Agreements

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by stahls2, Jun 5, 2002.

  1. stahls2

    stahls2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I am looking for a No Contact Agreement that my employee's and customer's could sign. The agreement would state that neither the employee nor customer can solicit work from each other for XXX amount of years.
  2. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Good Luck enforcing it.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    I doubt that you will get customers to sign such a thing. You may be able to make it a company policy as part of the terms of employment with the possiblity of termination for violations. The new hire signs that they have read and agree to the terms and conditions of employment. Enforcement may be another story but at least you have made your wishes clearly known.
  4. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Yep,Agreed,who needs any more paper work any way.:sleeping:
  5. stahls2

    stahls2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I was talking with another LCO, he stated he has one for his sub contractors he uses. He stated they can not solicit work from his customers for ten years, even if they are no longer his customers. I don't think my customers would mind signing the agreement. They have already signed a seasonal contract. Maybe I am wrong.
  6. tailoredlook

    tailoredlook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    How ya gonna enforce it? Also what happens if your employee decides ho wants to go out on his own?
  7. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    a "non-compete" agreement is very hard to enforce by any measure. I have all my employees sign one, but I think it would be kind of stupid to approach my clients with the same type of agreement.

    It generally states that they canmnot solicit present or future clients up to a year after they leave my employment.

    By the way, the only way to enforce a "non-compete" agreement is to sue the offender in court for damages. Alot of trouble to go through.
  8. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Wish I could get our commercial clients to sign saying they won't tender out the contract anymore...lol

    Any agreemant with your employee has to be realistic ...don't try it with your customers you may end up without any.
  9. stahls2

    stahls2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    This is not that unheard of. Last year when I built my house, the contractor had it in his contract that we could not approach his employees and/or sub-contractors. He was just protecting himself.

    The reason why I want to implement this agreement is because I almost got burnt by a former (I fired him) employee. He almost walked off with a $40,000 a season job.

    It may or may not be difficult to enforce, but at least the employee's know that I am not going to tolerate this.

    Could you e-mail me a copy of your "non-compete" agreement.

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