The Washington Post reports that tax preparer H & R Block has agreed to end it’s no-hire policy, which prohibited workers from switching from one tax office to another.

H&R Block agreed to end this practice after state regulators started investigating other companies, such as Burger King and Panera, for similar policies.

A federal court recently held that “[e]ven a person with a rudimentary understanding of economics would understand” that these no-hire policies reduce employee wages.

Because owners of different H & R Block locations didn’t have to compete for the best workers, the theory goes, the wages of all H & R Block employees were suppressed. The lack of competition in the job market for tax preparation staff would cause everyone’s pay rates to suffer.

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Washington Attorney General Reaches Settlements with 23 Companies Over No-Hire Policies

The Washington Attorney General has already reached settlements with 23 companies that had adopted no-hire, no-poach, or non-solicitation policies. Poaching and solicitation generally involve one franchise location actively looking to attract the best employees from another franchise location, whereas no-hire policies go a step further and prevent ever hiring a current (or often former) employee of a different location.

Among the companies that have reached settlements with the Washington Attorney General are: Applebee’s, Panera, and Sonic.

The Washington Attorney General has said, “According to economists, these ‘no-poach’ clauses decrease competition, reduce opportunities for low-wage workers and stagnate wages.”

Currently the Washington investigation has focused mostly on fast food chains, but other companies that use franchise models, such as H & R Block, may also get swept in.

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