Q & A: Non-compete Clause

Should a guideline be written in a salon manual that an employee is not allowed to take client hair formulas if they are fired, laid off, and/or the employee leaves for personal reasons? Should the client hair formulas belong to the salon?
Hi Close,
We don’t have this exact issue as my salon doesn’t offer hair services. However, I will say that we put a non-compete clause into our employee contracts. It specifies a length of time in which the former employee can’t work within a certain number of miles from ROB|B. Because all of ROB|B’s beauty professionals are employees, ultimately, the clients are the salon’s and not the individual employee’s.
—Robbie, ROB|B: An OPI Concept Salon, Studio City, Calif.

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