By Usama Kahf and David B. Monks
Many healthcare employers rely to varying degrees on temporary staffing, whether for nurses, medical billers, or other positions. Employee retention often clashes with increased demand for labor, giving rise to temporary staffing agencies that specialize in meeting the needs of this industry. Current employees of healthcare employers are also a good referral for potential candidates, particularly ones the current employee already knows well and can vouch for.
The problem: Some of the best skilled candidates may have signed contracts with their current or former employers restricting them from soliciting or recruiting employees for a year or two. As a result, even if you strategically hire talented individuals—managers or leaders who are likely to attract other candidates with whom they previously worked—those you hire may be unable to help you recruit other qualified candidates for a period of time.
The solution: Recruit the best “recruiters” and the talent will follow. That’s because under a recent California Court of Appeal decision involving healthcare staffing agencies, contracts that restrict recruiters from practicing their chosen profession of recruiting are unenforceable.[Read more…] about Recruiting the Recruiters: How California Employers Can Circumvent Employee Non-Solicitation Contracts