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Frequently Asked Questions About the New Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act

The recently-enacted Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (“Act”) provides a roadmap for employers to follow to ensure enforcement of noncompetition agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018. Although the Act sets forth several new requirements for noncompetition agreements, it also codifies what Massachusetts courts have held for years: if the restrictions in a noncompetition agreement are reasonable in activity, time and geographic scope, and are narrowly drafted to protect a legitimate business interest, the agreement should be enforced (provided the agreement complies with the Act).

Massachusetts Enacts Comprehensive Noncompete Agreements Law

A new Massachusetts law establishes minimum requirements for employment-related noncompete agreements to be enforceable and bans agreements that do not meet the law's requirements. Massachusetts joins several other states that have recently established new regulations for noncompete agreements. The new law applies only to agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018.

One If By Land, Two If By Sea, Noncompete Reform Is Coming! Midnight Session In Massachusetts Legislature Alters Noncompete Landscape

After nearly 10 years of start-and-stop efforts on Beacon Hill, Governor Charlie Baker signed “An Act Relative to Economic Development in the Commonwealth” on Friday evening, which includes sweeping changes to the way the Commonwealth treats noncompetition agreements. Among other things, the bill prohibits enforcement of noncompetition agreements against non-exempt employees, limits their length to just 12 months, and precludes the use of “continued employment” as acceptable consideration in any noncompetition agreement entered into on or after October 1, 2018.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Non-Compete Bill Into Law

Just before midnight on July 31, 2018, the last day of its legislative session, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a significant bill regulating the use of non-compete agreements in the Commonwealth. Today, August 10, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed that bill into law.

Massachusetts Jury Returns Unprecedented $28 Million Verdict for Retaliation Claim

A Suffolk County jury recently awarded a Haitian–American nurse an unprecedented $28.2 million in total damages on her claim of retaliation against Brigham & Women’s Hospital, her former employer. At the same time, the jury rejected the nurse’s claim of race discrimination.

Massachusetts Passes Noncompete Reform Legislation

The Massachusetts Legislature has passed legislation governing the use of noncompetition agreements in Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker is expected to sign the legislation into law by August 10, 2018. Assuming that occurs, the law will codify existing Massachusetts case law to some degree, and it also will go much further in regulating the enforceability of noncompetition agreements, including limiting who may be subject to such agreements.

MA Legislature Passes Major Non-Compete Reform Legislation

On the final day of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a significant reform bill addressing non-compete agreements and trade secret protection. Passage was years in the making, as the specifics of reform and the need for reform itself have been hotly debated for almost ten years in prior legislative sessions. This update, written by Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, outlines the significant changes that would occur to current MA law and what it means for employers.

Non-Compete News: Massachusetts Legislature Passes Non-Compete Legislation

As discussed in our prior Alert, the Massachusetts Legislature has been considering legislation focused on reforming non-compete covenants. The Legislature has now passed a major overhaul of non-compete law, known as the “Massachusetts Noncompetition Act.” Assuming Governor Charlie Baker signs the bill, it will apply to noncompetition agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018. This Alert summarizes the key provisions of the Act.

Once More Unto the Breach: Massachusetts Inching Closer to Noncompete Reform

It finally happened. After years of debate on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts law makers agreed to reform the Commonwealth’s treatment of noncompetition agreements as part of a number of bills passed in the waning hours of the 2018 legislative session.

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Comprehensive Noncompete Reform

After years of negotiation, on July 31, 2018, the Massachusetts legislature finally was able to pass legislation that, if signed by Governor Charlie Baker, would significantly limit the enforceability of noncompetition agreements in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act ("the Act") would apply to all noncompetition agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018. If signed into law, the Act generally would limit all post-employment noncompetes to a maximum duration of 12 months, and, absent agreement to the contrary, require employers to pay 50% of the former employee’s base salary – termed “garden leave” pay – during the restricted period, among other constraints. This significant change to employment relationships in Massachusetts was included in a broader economic development bill, and is now on Governor Baker’s desk for signature.