Bipartisan Bill Aims To Ban Noncompetes, With Exceptions

By Kevin Stawicki (October 17, 2019, 8:25 PM EDT) -- Lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would limit the use of noncompete agreements to partnership split-ups or business sales, going a step beyond recent state and federal legislative efforts to prohibit employers from locking workers into the binding contract provisions.

Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Todd Young, R-Ind., reintroduced the Workforce Mobility Act earlier this week after its initial version died in the Senate in 2018. The bill keeps the previous version's ban on employers enforcing or threatening to enforce a noncompete agreement but adds two new exceptions for those selling a business or dissolving a partnership.

The new bill also...

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