No-Poach Guilty Plea Flags How to Mitigate Risks

By Lauren Norris Donahue & Derek Sutton, Bloomberg

On Sept. 1, a health-care staffing company notified a federal court in Nevada that it intended to plead guilty to antitrust violations. It was accused of conspiring with a competitor to not raise wages of certain nurses or recruit or hire nurses away from each other.

This case flags the Justice Department’s increasing enforcement against illegal labor market agreements.
Early detection of these types of agreements can provide employers, employees, and their business partners with options and potentially reduce or eliminate criminal exposure.

When looking at the DOJ’s recent enforcement actions, there are a few takeaways that companies can use to help mitigate antitrust risk.

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