After years of debate, the Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a comprehensive noncompete reform law, and Governor Baker signed the bill on August 10, 2018. The new law overhauls existing law and imposes new prohibitions and requirements for noncompetes signed by Massachusetts workers as of October 1, 2018. Every Massachusetts employer that uses noncompetes will need to change its agreements and practices.
Monthly Archives: August 2018
As expected, yesterday (August 10, 2018) Governor Baker signed the new Massachusetts noncompete bill into law. A summary of the law is here. Although some industry groups were urging the governor to reject the bill or send it back to the legislature to correct flaws and ambiguities, he signed it without changes.
The law takes effect on October 1 and will apply to non-competition agreements entered into on and after that date. … More
After years of debate, the Massachusetts legislature late last night passed a comprehensive noncompete reform law. If, as expected, Governor Baker signs the bill in the next 10 days, it will take effect on October 1, 2018 and apply to agreements executed after that date. (It does not apply retroactively to existing agreements.)
As the summary below makes clear, the law represents a compromise between those who believe noncompetes should be abolished because they are fundamentally unfair to employees and bad for the Massachusetts economy,… More