We would also remind business interests in Massachusetts, that the new Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act goes into effect on October 1st. The new law, which was signed into law earlier this summer, restricts the use of non-compete clauses in employment agreements by banning their use outright for employees considered nonexempt under the FLSA, including hourly workers, full-time students and workers under age 18; limiting their enforceability to one year where they are allowed and requiring “garden leave” during that one year restricted period. Under the law’s provisions, “garden leave” compensation must equal at least 50 percent of the employee’s highest annualized base salary over the previous two years.