Examining EU's Drift Toward US-Style Employer Pact Scrutiny

By Peter Broadhurst, Karel Bourgeois and Stefan Meisner (November 15, 2021, 6:02 PM EST) -- Restrictions in employment arrangements appear to be coming into the focus of the competition authorities in Europe.

Recent statements by senior officials, as well as some initial enforcement actions, indicate that both European Union and national authorities are starting to give serious attention to this issue.

Companies with business activities in Europe may need to recalibrate their understanding of where competition enforcement risk lies, and adjust their training and other compliance programs accordingly.

Potentially anti-competitive arrangements include agreements by companies that compete for labor not to hire or not to solicit each other's employees — known as no-poach agreements.

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