BostonInno reports on the ongoing efforts of Senator Brownsberger and Representative Lori Ehrlich to pass legislation to ban, “noncompetes in the employment context, with very limited exceptions.”
We share this invitation to a breakfast briefing on April 1 featuring Senator Brownsberger discussing his legislation, Docket 809, to ban non-competition agreements in Massachusetts.
Senator Brownsberger and Representative Lori Ehrlich have filed “An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of non-competition agreements” in both the Senate and the House. This bill would prohibit the use of non-compete agreements but continue to allow other tools to protect business after separation, such as non-solicitation agreements or nondisclosure agreements. The bill does not impact existing agreements.
The Boston Globe reports on legislation filed by Senator Brownsberger and Representative Lori Ehrlich, “State lawmakers are reviving efforts to limit or ban contracts that restrict employees from working for competitors after a compromise failed last summer.”
Myron Kassaraba passed on to me a great statement of the innovation argument for abolishing non-competition agreements. An article in the Harvard Business Review discusses what makes Silicon Valley special. The central thesis is that Silicon Valley keeps innovating through the mobility of talent across companies.
This compromise non-compete language from the July 2 Senate bill is not law at this time — it is currently under negotiation in a House/Senate conference committee.