With some tech giants in the silicon valley agreeing to settle claims that they flouted competition laws by indulging in an illegal no poach policy that attempted to suppress employee pay, the debate over the ethicality of such policies has once again come to the fore.

Explains Mr. Moorthy K Upplauri, CEO, Randstad India –“Typically companies look at no poach policy to retain key employees and prevent them from joining competitors. Also, many a time, these measures manifest in the form of employee agreement to prevent them from taking up a job with direct competitor. Companies consider such policies more seriously for senior level leadership roles and key roles like research and development, rather than for junior roles.”