Public Affairs Discussion Group returns with talk on employee contract issues

Kicking off the spring semester, the Public Affairs Discussion Group will meet Friday, Jan. 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library’s Dampeer Room for a talk titled “Being an Employee in an Information Economy: The Expanding Role of Non-Competition and Related Agreements.”

headshot of David Reed, Criterion Capital
David Reed, Criterion Capital

David Reed, principal at Criterion Capital LLC, will lead a talk on such agreements from both perspectives: when employees want to take knowledge gained on the job and profit more from it elsewhere—or when employers want to reduce employees’ bargaining power by limiting their potential to take another job.

These agreements are increasingly prevalent: Recently, they’ve become more common at lower compensation levels as well as in nonprofits and academia.

But do they actually work? And are they within the appropriate “reach” an organization can—and should—have on its employees’ thoughts and lives? Attend the discussion group to hear varying perspectives and weigh in.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

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