Aws Non Compete Agreement
Lack of bargaining power can lead workers to sign non-competition clauses, Lobel says, and these treaties further undermine their bargaining power. Because competition prohibitions make job loss even more dangerous by limiting employment opportunities, agreements can allow workers to connect to their current workplace, making them less likely to deal with complaints with management or try to find better or more suitable employment. I don`t intend to leave Amazon soon after my launch or anything, but I also don`t like the idea of waiting 18 months before my non-competition ends, just to have another engineering position if I want to leave. Dismissed workers were asked to reaffirm the non-compete contract as a condition of severance pay: “The employee understands and accepts that the staff member continues to have obligations under the non-compete agreement and agrees that the employee fully respects the terms of the non-competition agreement under that agreement.” Washington has passed legislation that makes it more difficult to enforce certain types of non-competition, but sets a wage threshold that does not protect many high-paid technology workers from litigation, including Brian Hall. “I think a lot of employees don`t play it in their heads,” Willey said, noting that most new employees don`t think about ending a non-compete agreement. “You hope and think everything is fine, because you`re happy with the job.” The law was designed to protect employees at a lower level from extended non-competition clauses, but it still allows companies to use intellectual property protection contracts. Yet it is unusual for Amazon to pursue a marketing professional and not someone with technical know-how. In most cases, according to Szabadi and others interviewed for this story, AWS meets with an outgoing employee and negotiates some sort of agreement on their business in their new business. Most of the time, it`s not very dramatic: salespeople in certain areas or on certain accounts agree not to talk to these accounts for a certain period of time, or the employee assures AWS of discussing sensitive information with his new employer. Regina Lee, an Amazon seasonal worker who signed a non-compete clause, takes the deal seriously. In recent years, as Lee struggled to find decently paid work, she became a loyal and grateful member of Amazon`s military, which has moved away. “Before I worked on Amazon, I applied for Walmart, and I didn`t go anywhere, so I`m just happy to have a job,” says Lee. “Just a job I can come back to every winter.” Lee says Amazon`s staff team in Coffeyville, Kansas, during last year`s pre-Christmas rush helped house her when she suffered an allergic reaction that led her to change jobs inside the camp.
“It was beyond anything my former employers would have done,” Lee said. Starr, who reviewed Amazon`s agreement, said that while lawyers could distinguish in their interpretations the services “supported” by a warehouse employee, the 18-month period seems “incredibly long,” especially for temporary employment.