As the Massachusetts legislative session comes to a close on
July 31, there has been a renewed push for a bill that would
"reform" current Massachusetts common law by
placing various procedural and substantive
restrictions on employee noncompetition agreements.
(Discussion of the proposed legislation and ongoing debate can
here and multiple earlier posts.) One
of the bill's sponsors, Rep. William Brownsberger, reports on his website
that proponents of the bill are "hoping at this
stage . . . to get the legislation added in to some
other package . . ." He and the other
sponsor, Rep. Lori Ehrlich, authored a Boston Globe op-ed piece arguing that
noncompetes are a "job-killer." Meanwhile, the
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) continues to oppose the legislation, describing
it (among several proposed bills) as "just the sort
of bureaucratic tangle that discourages employers from adding the
jobs that thousands of unemployed residents of the commonwealth so
desperately need." In essence, one side asserts that
noncompetes themselves are a "jobs-killer," and the other
side counters that noncompete legislation would kill jobs
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