The New Mass Noncompetition Legislation: Old Wine in New Bottles? An Employer’s Perspective

JMH Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846571xB1386)By: John Hession

Our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, recently signed into law a boon and a blessing for the average hourly worker, the minimum wage Walmart employee, or the lower level service industry employee. But for venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, senior executives and key employees, nothing much may have changed in the landscape of noncompetition covenants. After years of deliberation and failed or stalled legislation, the new Massachusetts legislation regarding noncompetition covenants remains generally intact for the technology and life science industries – unlike California, where noncompetition covenants are unenforceable as a matter of law in the context of employment. While the law’s changes may seem an alteration of the landscape, many contours remain unchanged.

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