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. Employers of Massachusetts-based workers – both employees and independent contractors — should begin planning for compliance.