DC Employers Should Prepare For A Broad Noncompete Ban

Law360 (January 22, 2021, 6:07 PM EST) -- Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 into law on Jan 11.

Bowser's decision means that the noncompete ban will become law if it survives the mandatory 30-day congressional review process that applies to all District of Columbia acts under the Home Rule Act.

If the noncompete ban becomes law, D.C. will become one of several jurisdictions — e.g., Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, California and Washington — that have statutorily limited the scope and enforceability of noncompete agreements.

The D.C. ban is significantly more aggressive than measures other states have undertaken in recent years to...

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