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LIMITING NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS

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We get a lot of calls about non-compete agreements.  Are they really enforceable?  Will my employer sue me if I take a job elsewhere?  Are there any limitations on non-compete agreements?  The answers are far from simple, but:  yes, maybe, and absolutely.

A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran an article about non-compete agreements and a growing trend among states to lessen the harsh effects these agreements have on workers.  One of those states is Massachusetts.  Its state legislature has spent the latter part of the current session reforming the state’s non-compete law, including exemptions for certain classes of workers, strict limits on how long a non-compete can be enforced, and a requirement that the agreement be supported by more than the employee’s continued employment.  Lawmakers are still working on resolving differences between House and Senate sponsored bills and crafting a final law.

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WELCOME TO THE PINK SLIP!

Welcome to The Pink Slip, a blog designed for embattled employees and the attorneys who represent them. The employment lawyers at Babich Goldman P.C., a Des Moines, Iowa law firm that represent individuals in all types of employment situations, created this blog to provide and exchange information about the various laws that apply to employment related disputes, and to offer general observations regarding life and survival in the modern workplace. We will do our best to post information on a regular basis so our blog remains fresh and current.

We offer our comments and observations hoping that they will launch a robust and productive dialogue among attorneys, human resources professionals, employees, or anyone else attempting to navigate the choppy waters of today’s workplace. We will attempt to touch upon all perspectives, although our posts, for the most part, will be written from the plaintiff’s point of view-from the vantage point of the employee, not the employer.

We invite you to respond to our postings with your own respectful comments and observations. We encourage comments of all types, particularly from those who have been fired at any point of their work lives or have been victimized by discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other forms of arbitrary decision-making. Tell us what it feels like to experience those things. Tell us how we can better represent you.

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