Thanks to Wade Roush for bringing to my attention his article posted yesterday in Xconomy, a very informative web publication focused on the tech sectors in Boston and on the west coast. As with this blog, Xconomy has been closely following what I have described as the Massachusetts noncompete "debate" over the past year or so. (Scroll down to see earlier posts on this subject.) Wade reports that a Massachusetts legislator, Rep. Will Brownsberger of the 24the Middlesex district, is about to introduce a bill that would abolish or significantly curtail the use of noncompete agreements in Massachusetts. The article reports that noncompetes would be outlawed in new employment contracts entered into in Massachusetts, except in the sale of business context. As described, it would be similar to current California law.
I have not yet seen the bill, which apparently is still in the drafting stage. This blog will provide further updates as more information becomes available.