On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to prohibit employers from entering into post-employment non-compete agreements with workers. The proposed rule, if adopted, would essentially ban non-compete agreements nationwide, with very limited exceptions. The FTC will soon publish the NPRM in the Federal Register, triggering a
Non-Competes May Become a Thing of the Past Across the Nation
On July 9, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order which directed the Federal Trade Commission to curtail the use of non-competes nation-wide in order to help promote competition and expand the economy. At the moment, only three states forbid the use of non-compete clauses in employment agreements: California, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Nearly one dozen states – including Massachusetts – have put tough restrictions on the use and enforcement of non-compete agreements irrespective of which employees are required to sign same.
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NH Joins Ban on Non-Competes for Low-Wage Employees
Following both Massachusetts and Maine, New Hampshire will prohibit non-compete agreements for employees who earn an hourly rate that is equal to or lesser than double the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage, which NH follows, is $7.25 per hour. This means that employers cannot require employees who make $14.50 per hour or less…
Non-Compete ‘Reform’ Filed in Massachusetts Senate
The currently pending Senate proposal S.2625 – so-called non-compete “reform” legislation – was filed on Monday, July 23, 2018, in the Massachusetts Senate. It is not a stand-alone piece of legislation, but instead is buried deep within a $600 million appropriations bill which was issued from the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It would change…
The State of Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts
Non-compete agreements continue to be a hot issue in Massachusetts.
I recently did a seminar on the state of non-competes and the items pending on Beacon Hill this legislative session.
To view a 15 minute clip from this presentation, click here.
Pending Bill Seeks to Outlaw Physician Non-Competition Agreements with Geographic Restrictions
SB 417, currently pending in the New Hampshire Senate, seeks to amend RSA 329 by adding a provision which would make it unlawful to prevent a physician from leaving one practice or hospital and setting up shop just a few miles away…