No Noncompetes In Calif. – So What Else Is New?

Law360, New York (September 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- It is well known in the employment world that California is not the state to try out your new noncompete language. In the state that created the legislative Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem, employee interests have always been paramount to those of the employer; and nowhere is this better reflected than in California’s venerable 136-year-old statutory prohibition on noncompete agreements.

In refreshingly clear and concise language (for a law drafted by politicians anyway), California’s Business and Professions Code Section 16600 stands out like a sentinel, protecting...
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