Well, in the current environment, the good news is that it proves democrats and republicans in the US Senate can actually work together on an issue. A week or so ago, democratic Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined republican colleague Senator Todd Young (R-IN) to jointly introduce legislation to limit the use of non-compete agreements. The “Workforce Mobility Act of 2019”, would permit companies to utilize non-compete agreements only in “necessary instances of a dissolution of a partnership or the sale of a business.” On the flip side of the coin however, it would also allow workers to sue employers civilly, setting a penalty of $5,000 for each week a worker is forced to work under an outlawed agreement. In his press release on the legislation, Murphy specifically points to franchise brand Jimmy Johns as one company that has abused non-compete agreements. Maybe gridlock isn’t so bad?