The non-competition legislation that became law last week is a hard-fought compromise, banning non-competes for lower level workers, limiting them for higher level workers and providing procedural protections to assure that workers know what they are getting into when they sign them.
High-level summary of S.988: The Uniform Trade Secrets Act would be adopted Noncompetition agreements are clearly defined such that they do not include, for example, nondisclosure agreements or agreements to not do business with clients of the employer Several restrictions are placed on noncompetition agreements, without which they are not valid or enforceable, such as: […]
Hi, Will. I don’t hear much these days about noncompete agreements in Mass. Has any progress been made in this area? I suspect not. This piece from yesterday’s NY Times explicitly calls out the difference between us and California.
I heard on the radio that there was some movement on limiting non-competes in Massachusetts – is that still likely to happen? The description sounded like very weak sauce – restricting to “only” a year, for example. In my opinion if we want to compete with silicon valley for innovation, we should be at least […]
A 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 Argument” column in The Boston Globe West on Sunday, April 19 featured Senator Brownsberger taking the “Yes” view to the question, “Should the state adopt legislation banning non-compete agreements?” You can read more on non-competition agreements here.