Donating consulting time…

Yes, checked the regs, it is tax deductible.

Ok, riddle me this.  A standard non-compete keeps you from working for a customer you consulted with as a part of an assignment.

I wonder if said non-compete would prohibit doing volunteer work?  Current customer is a non-profit and if I’m officially off the clock I’m thinking about volunteering to help them finish (off the clock and without pay) at least until I find something new.

Yes, I’m *THAT* nice.


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  1. I don’t know what your non-competition agreement says, and I’m not a lawyer, but the last such agreement I signed specifically included non-compensated work. So no, if yours was like mine, you couldn’t even work for free.

    I’m glad to work for a California company now and no longer be subject to such an agreement. I think they are strangling the economy in non-compete states.

  2. Wow – I’ve seen some pretty bad non-competes in my day, but that’s brutal. Even signed a few of them before I got smart.

    I don’t have anything in my non-compete regarding un-compensated work. So maybe it’s a go.

    • william bishop on November 12, 2008 at 8:49 am
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    You know the rules….Check first. Use a volunteer lawyer!

  3. And by the way – it’s *REALLY* bad form to take someone who has dedicated themselves, is 100+ percent billable 95% of the time, give them the axe with little/no notice, and then in almost the same breath ask them to work a 65 hour week.

    VERY bad form.

    • william bishop on November 13, 2008 at 9:39 am
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    You could always respond with…”You know, I don’t think so.”

  4. It all depends on the wording of the noncompete….although I’m shocked that any noncompete would exclude volunteer work! My firm represents employees (only) in noncompete and nonsolicitation disputes and we write about these issues on our blog:

    T. Daniel Frith, III
    Frith Law Firm, PC
    303 Washington Avenue, SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
    Phone: 540.985.0098
    Fax: 540.985.9198
    Toll-free: 866.985.0098

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