will, thanks for sponsoring such an important piece of legislation.
i’ve signed over a dozen non-competes in software and life science industries on both coasts.
too often they lead to ill-will and excessively long legal discussions leading to acceptance of a intentionally vague document, because its “standard” and/or “un-enforceable”
i’ve come to understand, however, that employers have many other remedies that are more precise and reasonable than general non-compete clauses:
no-poaching of clients for a specific term
no-poaching of employees for a specific term
non-disclosure agreements of trade secrets (including business procedures)
as a founder of software company in Mass, i have tailored my employee agreements to meet the needs of highly job-mobile employees, treating them way i’d like to be treated in their position, while still protecting my business.
let’s protect our workforce and request that employers work a little bit harder to be fair.
non-competes are a drag on the fast-moving industries that we want to thrive in Mass.