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 as well as cautions about the proliferation of the agreements.  State legislatures have also begun looking more closely at – and, acting on – the provisions.  On the same day he signed the joint-employer legislation, Utah Governor Gary Herbert also signed into law the “Post Employment Restrictions Act”, which places some limited restrictions on the use of non-compete provisions.  Originally, the bill banned the provisions altogether, but it was ultimately amended to provide a one year limit to non-compete clauses entered into after May 10, 2016 and provides for recovery of attorney fees if an employer is found to use an unenforceable clause.   Nebraska Governor Peter Ricketts last week signed into law a bill (LB942) that requires the disclosure of the non-compete agreements and allows for the reformation of a franchise agreement deemed to unreasonably restrain competition.  In Massachusetts, House Speaker Robert DeLeo signaled that non-compete reform would be coming soon when he told a Chamber of Commerce meeting that he thought it was time.  The Senate President has been supportive of reform efforts previously, so now with the blessing of the Speaker, we would expect to see movement on the issue sooner rather than later.