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Proposed Noncompete Legislation Could Reshape Employment Relationships in Massachusetts

At a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast this week, Massachusetts House Speaker DeLeo proposed compromise legislation regarding non-compete agreements. The Speaker’s proposal included three points:  limiting non-competes to twelve months; requiring employers to provide employees notice that a non-compete will be required before employment begins (and inform employees of a right to counsel), and banning non-competes for low-wage workers. While the legislature has been reluctant to limit non-compete agreements, the Speaker’s proposal may indicate renewed interest in changing that law and should be monitored by interested parties.