Bills banning non-compete agreements make news

Non competes testifying June 23 2015A hearing held by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on June 23 included five bills related to noncompetition agreements, including S957 sponsored by Senator Brownsberger. The Senator and his legislative colleague Representative Lori Ehrlich (H1701) testified together in support of prohibiting non-compete agreements.

The State House News Service in reporting on the hearing said, “Sen. William Brownsberger, a Belmont Democrat who sponsored another bill (S 957) on the subject, urged the committee to report out a bill quickly to force the opposing interests to the bargaining table. ‘Only by moving this forward can we have a conversation to get something done,’ Brownsberger said.”

The issue of non-competes is capturing the attention of the press. We share the following three articles:

Boston tech firms says time to get rid of non-compete clauses

Boston Herald, June 22, 2015 by Jordan Graham

Noncompete debate flares up in tech sector again

BetaBoston (Boston Globe), June 23, 2015 by Callum Borchers

The one thing hurting your company’s quest for talent

Fortune, June 23, 2015 by Joe FitzGerald