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Non-compete agreements can prevent employees from working for a competitor in their next position. Are they necessary? Industry pros share their insights:
Darren SollekElite Pools | Madison, Miss.
“Do any of you require your employees to sign a non-compete agreement?”
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Robert Ryan McKinleyConxion Olive Branch | Olive Branch, Miss.
“Get them to sign an agreement that protects your clientele and prevents them from contacting your clientele, or stealing your client list and contacting them. If they leave you and the client finds them, then no big deal. The non-compete is worthless, but the other could be helpful.”
Steven WardWard’s Pool Service and Supply | Gilbert, Ariz.
“You’re better off focusing on having a good-enough working relationship with your employee that they would not steal your customers from you.”
Matt FullerABC Home and Commercial Services | Austin, Texas
“Yes. They may be hard to enforce, but they will often dissuade those that either don’t know any better or don’t want to risk litigation.
I decided to implement a non-compete after an employee offered me a list of his former employer’s pools. I refused it and decided to try to protect myself from the same. My non-compete simply says my employees can’t pursue my customers and cannot reveal my customers to any third parties.”
Ian SmithPools by John Garner | Jacksonville, Fla.
“I find them hypocritical. Everyone wants to hire a potential employee with experience, yet everyone wants you to sign a non-compete. And to deny someone in your field the opportunity to grow his or her expertise also seems counterproductive.”
Brad WardAtlas Pool Care | Bakersfield, Calif.
“My non-compete is directed at my current service customers for a one-year period. You can’t stop anyone from starting a business, but you can hold someone liable for theft.”
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Moonlighting: For employees, it may be considered a harmless way to make a few extra bucks on the side. For those who own service companies, it may be completely off-limits. What’s your policy on moonlighting? Industry pros share their thoughts.
Jason HancheyAquia Pool and Spa | San Antonio, Texas
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The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code is partnering with Purdue University and Michigan State University to conduct a study on indoor air quality at public pools.
More specifically, the study will determine the exact operating conditions for indoor pools that will help prevent the buildup of disinfection byproducts. DBPs are formed when the chlorine used in pools to kill germs binds to the body waste swimmers bring into the pools (sweat, urine, etc.). When DBPs build up in...