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if a employee leaves to start is own business can they contact

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if a employee leaves to start is own business can they contact our customers for work? we don't have a non compete.
Hi, thanks for submitting your question today. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I’m happy to assist you with your question today.

Generally, yes an employee leaving an employer is free to compete with the former employer and contact customers. This is assuming 1) the employee who left did this "contact" on his own time and not during business hours for the former employer, and 2) the employee is not using the former employer's proprietary information or trade secrets to compete. Knowledge of who your customers are is not a trade secret or proprietary information, but such things as price lists, various specific formulas or methods of work are. So, unless the employee did one of these two things, the competition would be considered legal.

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