Can I notify patients I’m leaving a practice and where I’ll be going?

I am a physician assistant who has been practicing for the last 7 years in a private practice. I will be resigning from this position soon and I do not have an employment contract with my current employer nor did I ever sign any non-compete clause. Am I allowed to notify my patients that I’m leaving the practice and, if they ask, can I tell them where I will be practicing without the possibility of any legal repercussions from my current employer? I have no idea where to get this information.

Asked on October 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since you do not have any non-compete, non-solicitation, etc. agreement, you may do this. In the absence of a written agreement to the contrary, a departing or former employee may tell clients (patients) that he/she is leaving and also tell them where he or she is going. That is why smart employers have non-compete or non-solicitation ageements: to prevent this exact thing, which otherwise would be legal.

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