Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Aug 2009 05:06 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y As it turns out, the relationship between Apple and Palm is even less amicable than we already thought it to be. Bloomberg got their hands on communications between Ed Colligan, then-CEO of Palm, and Steve Jobs in which Jobs made a proposal in which the two companies would promise to refrain from hiring each other's employees. Colligan, however, rejected the proposal, calling it wrong and "likely illegal".
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RE[2]: Only in USA
by mabhatter on Fri 21st Aug 2009 16:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Only in USA"
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no, it's not illegal at all. I've worked at several companies that won't hire from business partners or competition... it's considered un-sportsman like.

The vast majority of business is more like sports than like "war". While industries over all are "pure capitalism" there are pockets where a bunch of related companies settle down. Just like in sports, playoffs are only interesting if teams are evenly matched.. imagine if somebody could "buy their team" in the middle of the playoffs and get the other teams playbook too (we have salary caps to deal with that!). Sports wouldn't be "fun" then.

I the same way Jobs could personally sue each employee that leaves for any feature in Pre that "looks like" an iPhone feature.. heck they could be sued for having the Apple internal phone directory after leaving they're using to call their buddies. They can dig in the dirt and accuse their employees of cheating and make a nasty workplace, or the bosses can agree to get their teams elsewhere and avoid appearance of spying on each other.

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RE[3]: Only in USA
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 21st Aug 2009 16:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Only in USA"
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I think there is a difference in deciding as an individual company not to hire employees from company X, versus making a verbal agreement with company X to not hire each other's employees.

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RE[4]: Only in USA
by godawful on Fri 21st Aug 2009 18:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Only in USA"
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It is also possible to have a non-compete clause in ones contract, though I think the legality of those differs from state to state, but I'm pretty sure they're legal in Cali, as I know I've signed one before

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RE[3]: Only in USA
by JAlexoid on Sun 23rd Aug 2009 14:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Only in USA"
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Well, working for a company exactly like that, the reason it's done is not sports vs war. It's about making sure that people stay put. In Europe it's not that common, while in American companies, even in their European subsidiaries, it's almost a rule.
Take IBM vs HP, they will turn down a actively searching employee(I have friends in both and I am not talking about luring people away), if the other company disagrees.

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