Non-Compete Ban Introduced in Senate

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…

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New Hampshire, Maine Ban Low Wage Non-Competes

New Hampshire and Maine became the latest to ban the use of non-compete clauses for low-wage workers when Republican Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 197 last week and Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) signed L.D. 733 at the end of June. The NH bill, which was one of 42 pieces Sununu signed into law at…

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Washington Restricts Non-Compete Clauses

The state of Washington has a new law on the books that dramatically restricts the viability of non-compete clauses by private businesses. Governor Jay Inslee, a candidate for the democratic presidential nomination, signed HB 1450 into law on Wednesday after the legislature overwhelmingly approved the bill two weeks ago. The new law becomes effective on…

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Another October Trigger Date

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…

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Massachusetts Restricts Non-compete Clauses

At the close of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a law prohibiting the use of non-compete agreements for certain employees and dramatically restricted their use for others. The Massachusetts Non-competition Agreement Act – Section 21 of the Economic Stimulus bill was signed into law last week by Governor Charlie Baker and, effective October 1,…

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Court Rulings on Franchise Issues

There were a couple of cases decided recently that we thought would be worth bringing to your attention. The first involved a question of choice of law and forum selection that originated in Ohio and transferred to the Arizona federal court. In its decision, the Arizona court invalidated a choice of law and venue provision…

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US Treasury Reports on Non-Competes

The United States Department of the Treasury issued a detailed report on the effects of non-compete employment provisions recently and reported that as many as 30 million American workers are covered by the restriction.  Treasury’s Office of Economic Policy released: “Non-compete Contracts: Economic Effects and Policy Implications” last month and therein cited both economic benefits…

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