Topic: No poach agreements

Criminalise wage-fixing and no-poach agreements, Canadian parliamentary committee urges

A parliamentary committee has asked Canada’s government to ban anticompetitive labour market agreements between rivals, after Canada’s Competition Bureau was unable to investigate if three supermarket chains colluded to end an employee pandemic bonus.

18 June 2021

Judge: Epic v Apple is no Amex

A California federal judge has rejected an assertion by an Apple-hired economist that the anti-steering provisions deemed lawful in the Supreme Court's American Express decision are “analytically, exactly the same” as the App Store rules challenged by Epic Games.

13 May 2021

Mexico send first SOs challenging hiring practices

Mexico’s antitrust authority has accused multiple unnamed defendants of colluding to restrict competition in the market for transferring professional football players, as part of its first investigation into anticompetitive hiring and wage-setting practices.

10 May 2021

Poland investigates basketball league no poach agreements

Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection is investigating the country's top men's basketball league and its 16 teams due to concerns they unlawfully colluded to terminate players' contracts and withhold their salaries.

23 April 2021

Turkey launches sprawling probe into no-poach agreements

The Turkish Competition Authority has launched an investigation into 32 food delivery, e-commerce, media and tech companies – including Google – over suspicions that they agreed not to hire each other's employees.

22 April 2021

Portugal issues first SOs tackling competition in labour markets

The Portuguese Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to the Portuguese Professional Football League and 31 teams for implementing an allegedly anticompetitive no-poach agreement.

20 April 2021

Canadian government set to review competition rules

Canada’s government has agreed to review the country’s competition regime with an eye to legislative amendments, after politicians across parties argued that Canada’s Competition Bureau does not have the tools it needs to tackle labour market concerns.

16 March 2021

Enforcers hone in on labour markets

The heads of antitrust authorities in the US, Portugal and Spain have said their agencies are keeping a close eye on competition issues in labour markets to help boost economies as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

24 February 2021

Texas court postpones trial in DOJ’s no-poach case

A federal Texas court presiding over the Department of Justice’s first criminal no-poach case has granted Surgical Care Affiliates’ request to delay the trial until November.

10 February 2021

Cartel enforcement under Biden expected to shift focus

The Department of Justice’s cartel enforcers during the Biden administration are likely to re-engage on the international stage and reevaluate policies that may weaken incentives for applying for leniency, according to a report from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

27 January 2021

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