I worked for a company called Widgets Inc. There, I hired Bob, who turned out to be a great employee. Since I have left, Bob has become unhappy at Widgets Inc and is going to resign, he asked me if I would offer him a job at my new company and, of course, I would love to!
There is a clause in my contract with Widgets Inc saying I must not employ or engage with any employee of Widgets Inc for 12 months following my employment there, and it has been less than 12 months since I left.
My new company and Widgets Inc do not compete in the products/services they offer.
Would I be breaking my contract by offering Bob a job after he has resigned, and if so, would this be realistically enforceable? Would this change if I offered him the job before he resigned?