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Unilever Non Compete Agreement

„The Joint Commitment is a victory in the fight against precarious work and protects the rights of factory workers in Unilever companies around the world. Unilever recognises that sustainable employment is fundamental to world-class manufacturing, and this agreement will promote secure and sustainable jobs at all Unilever factories. Duarte Geraldino: In the 25 years that you have worked there, have you seen that the number of these competition bans has increased, decreased or remained the same? Duarte Geraldino: So would it be fair to say that the basic level is these confidentiality contracts, these secret contracts? In addition, are these prohibitions of competition, is this true? Where a clause or identifiable part of a clause of this Agreement is declared invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, this shall not affect the validity or enforceability of other identifiable clauses or parts thereof. Russell Beck: Over the past 20 years, trade secrets have become an increasingly important aspect of a company`s business, with the fact that they are now easier to move. So if you think about recipes or production processes, they are all recorded electronically and can now very easily move from a company. You have staff who are increasingly mobile and change jobs, and more than 50% of them admit to taking information when they leave, so companies are very worried that information will be moved when the employee moves, and I think that`s why you`ve seen an increase in non-compete rules. Duarte Geraldino: Non-competes seem different from one state to another. Why are there so many differences? Duarte Geraldino: So you have these competition bans and you have trade secret contracts. Are competition bans considered to be secret contracts? It really depends on the specific language of the agreement and the state you are in, because the jurisdiction that controls the application of the agreement and that may have laws that make it difficult to apply it in one state, when it might actually be applicable in another state. Russell Beck: Well, that`s a good question. There were a number of states that wanted to change their laws and they looked at many abuses of non-competition. You saw in the news the company Jimmy John`s which used bans on competition to prevent its sandwich manufacturers from moving to a competitive company. That kind of abuse exists and they make headlines.

As a result, I think many states have tried to limit this type of abuse. .


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