Category Archives: Non-compete

Abuse of Noncompete Agreements Highlighted in Recent News

Employers Under Fire for Using Noncompete Agreements to Depress Wages and Limit Employee Mobility Always a polarizing topic, the manner in which employers use — and far too often, abuse — noncompete agreements has been making national news lately.

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Massachusetts Noncompete Law Reform Efforts Fall Short, Again

As I have previously reported, the Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed competing versions of noncompete reform bills.  Although the two bills contained many of the same provisions, they also differed in material ways.  See Massachusetts Non-Compete Reform — Current … Continue reading

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Mass Senate Passes VERY Restrictive Non-Compete Reform Bill

On July 14, 2016, the Massachusetts Senate passed its own version of a non-compete reform bill that is MUCH more restrictive than the compromise bill passed unanimously in the House on June 29, 2016. The Senate’s action calls into question … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Non-Compete Reform — Current Status

The question of whether and how to reform the law governing employer use of non-compete agreements is the subject of hot debate on Beacon Hill.  As the current legislative session rushes to a close, the political maneuvering is intensifying.

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Recorded Webinar on Restrictive Covenant Strategies Available For Free Download

I recently presented a restrictive covenants strategies seminar entitled “Cutting-Edge Developments in Restrictive Covenants and Other Legal Tools for Protecting Competitive Advantages” live on 3/10/16 and via Webinar on 4/1/16.  If you missed both and are still interested in seeing … Continue reading

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Mass. House Speaker Pushes for Compromise on Noncompete Reform Legislation

In a somewhat surprising shift from his prior position, Mass. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo today told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce that he supports implementing specific limitations on noncompete agreements.  This clear support for a compromise from House … Continue reading

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Speculation about Noncompete Law Reform in Massachusetts Continues

Several bills designed to reform the law governing employers’ use of noncompete agreements in Massachusetts have been pending in the Massachusetts legislature for many months, with little news or activity to report.  As the reform efforts continue to percolate, speculation … Continue reading

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Last Ditch Efforts of Patrick Administration to Carry-over Noncompete Law Reform to Baker Administration

As perhaps a last ditch effort to push the Patrick Administration’s noncompete law reform agenda, Gregory Bialecki (secretary of housing and economic development under Gov. Patrick) met in December 2014 with a group of investors and entrepreneurs to discuss how … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Noncompete and Trade Secret Law Reform Update

Mark Whitney attended a panel discussion on the status of the Massachusetts Noncompete and Trade Secret Law Reform efforts on September 16, 2014 at the Boston Bar Association.  In attendance were the two state legislators who are primarily responsible for … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Legislature Fails to Implement Non-compete or Trade Secret Law Reform

July 31, 2014 marked the end of the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session, and the end of another year of failed efforts to reform the laws governing non-compete agreements and trade secret protections.  As in prior years, reform efforts did not … Continue reading

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