With Texas now hosting many of the world’s largest corporations,* our public policy has shifted from a patriarchal one in which we valued uniform treatment of Texas employees from one employer to the next above all else, to one in which we also value the ability of a company to maintain uniformity in its employment contracts across all employees, whether the individual employees reside in Texas or New York.
* Fifty-two of the 2014 Fortune 500 Companies maintain headquarters in Texas, placing Texas third behind California and New York’s fifty-four companies. Maria Halkias, Texas Remains Near Top for Fortune 500 Companies, THE DALL. MORNING NEWS, June 3, 2014, available at 2014 WLNR 14947032.
ExxonMobil Corp. v. Drennen, No. 12-0621, slip op. 16 (Tex. Aug. 26, 2014) (holding that New York law allowing employer to seize shares of stock from employee who went to work for competitor did not violate Texas policy against non-compete covenants) (Green, J.).