Employment, Labor and Benefits Advisory: Massachusetts Inches towards Statutory Limitations on Noncompetition Agreements


Representatives in the Massachusetts legislature are continuing their attempt to codify requirements for enforceable noncompetition agreements in the Commonwealth.

Representatives Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont) and Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) submitted a compromise bill (redraft of H1794 & H1799) last summer, entitled “An Act Relative to Noncompetition Agreements,” which attempted to impose specific requirements for valid non-compete agreements under Massachusetts law. Despite strong objections from certain state representatives and a number of private businesses and related business organizations, the bill was recently reported out of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development with a favorable recommendation.

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