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  • Will, Just a note of appreciation for doing such a good job in keeping us informed on this issue (and thanks to rep. Dave Rogers, as well). I, too, ironically recall that the garage was engineered to allow for two additional floors.

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  • Thank you. I understand your disappointment as a higher level professional.

    We worked hard for what we got. It is a hard won half a loaf. It really will help many others.

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  • True, the garden leave provision has minimal impact.

    I am hopeful that the legislation as a whole will turn out to be more valuable for you than you think — we need to find out how the reasonability definitions work out in the real world. We’ll keep listening.

    From day one it will help lower level workers. That’s not you, but it is a lot of people.

    I agree that the threat to leave is not necessarily real, but the threat expresses a discomfort which is real and strong — enough to get the attention of many legislators. …

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  • I am usually a big supporter of your work, and even now I applaud your transparency, not just of the law but of the process.

    But this law is, unfortunately, essentially meaningless to me. The garden leave is almost a non-factor: I’d have to either be unemployed for a year, or find a company willing to hire me and then wait a year before I start — during which my income is cut in half. The “reasonable scope” clause means the non-compete can “only” apply it where I live and work, and in my field of specialization — that’s not much …

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