Human Resources Professionals Receive Warning from DOJ and FTC

Recently, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released guidance to alert Human Resources professionals that it is against the law for an employer to agree to fix wages or to agree not to hire another company’s employees. Both of these situations are deemed illegal under antitrust laws, and violation of the rules could lead to criminal prosecution. These policies are being highlighted to ensure that workers receive the benefit of free-market competition for their services, in the same way that companies are prohibited from fixing prices on consumer goods. Some legal professionals are calling this “a major policy shift,” and warning HR professionals to be careful when even discussing limiting employee compensation or recruiting. To find out more, contact an experienced employment law advisor at Petefish Law.