DOJ Threatens Criminal Charges and Heightened Enforcement for Employment-Related Antitrust Violations

    View Authors October 2016
    Following and citing years of enforcement of employee-focused antitrust violations, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice jointly announced an aggressive shift in enforcement intent with the issuance on October 20 of “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals.” The most significant element of the Guidance is DOJ’s unprecedented announcement that it will pursue criminal antitrust charges against individuals and companies alleged to have entered into wage-fixing or no-poaching agreements.