Poaching Employees from Rival Companies

“Poaching” is a common practice in the cut-throat world of corporate competition, and is done when a company eyes an especially skilled or productive employee working for a competitor, and then lures that worker away from his or her current job by offering more attractive conditions.

What does halacha have to say about such practices? Is an employee allowed to leave his employer to work for another company? May an employer actively try to poach employees from a competitor?

Based on the popular book Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events by Dovid Lichtenstein, this sourcesheet was adapted for teens by Aryeh Kaminetsky. Includes the tzuras hadaf for the quoted Gemaras.

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