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Massachusetts Lawmakers Exclude Amendment Restricting Non-Compete Agreements

Published:  July 31, 2014

Employers have recently won a battle in the war raged against non-compete agreements.  As we previously discussed, Massachusetts politicians have been working toward constraining, or banning altogether, non-compete agreements.

The Massachusetts State Senate had an amendment to their version of the Economic Development Bill that restricted non-compete agreements to salaried employees and limited the length of the agreement to six months.  The Massachusetts House of Representatives had no such amendment.  However, the Economic Development Bill was passed today with the non-compete restricting amendment excluded.

Although non-competes won this round, Senator Brownsberger, who has proposed similar bills in the past to condemn non-compete agreements remains hopeful.  He states that it often takes multiple sessions to pass a bill and he intends to keep trying.

If you have any questions regarding non-compete agreements, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal LLP at (413) 586-2288.