I am a professor of health law and policy with training in ethics and social science and I now specialize in pharmaceutical issues. I have been a research fellow working on pharmaceutical policy and ethics at a leading ivy-league university and have worked for the World Health Organization on pharmaceutical issues related to transparency, good governance practices, conflicts of interest and related issues. I have published articles on off-label marketing and prescribing and on disclosure of information related to data from clinical trials, on conflicts of interest, and on related issues. I have lectured on my research in leading universities in the United States and in a dozen foreign countries. When hiring employees from a competitor there are always issues related to ensuring that the newly hired employee honors contracts not to compete, maintains confidentiality of corporate information and intellectual property, trade secrets and related issues. Companies that consider hiring employees from a competing firm need to learn what work the employee was engaged in previously and to ascertain whether work in the new firm would conflict with fiduciary or contractual obligations to the previous employer. They need to check that the new employment does not pose risks of conflicts of interest and if there are potential conflicts they must put in place a plan to manage the conflicts.