Are you a soon-to-graduate student approaching the decision of choosing which job offer to accept for your first “permanent” position in industry? Or might you already be employed and be considering a change of companies? The decision may be bigger—much bigger—than you had thought. This article focuses on a subtle, yet highly serious issue about which any prospective employee should be aware: A company may require its employees to sign an agreement that imposes restrictions on one's choice for future employment with another company. The article also offers a step that the prospective employee can take to keep...

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