Information on Noncompete Debate

For those who have been following this blog’s discussion of the ongoing debate about noncompetes in Massachusetts and recently introduced legislation seeking to prohibit such restrictions, this site is a useful resource on the subject.  Thanks to Caroline Huang for bringing it to my attention.  It contains the text of proposed legislation and background information on noncompetition agreements in Massachusetts.  The site was created by Ms. Huang in consultation with Rep. Will Brownsberger, who is sponsoring one of the bills.  The name of the site, “Prohibit RestrictiveEmploymentCovenants.net,” certainly conveys the authors’ views on the subject. 

Interestingly, the contrary viewpoint favoring the status quo — i.e. that noncompetition agreements truly are necessary to protect the legitimate interests of Massachusetts businesses — has not generated similar buzz.  Perhaps that will change if the proposed legislation has legs.

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