Massachusetts looks to loosen up non-compete agreements

by tech on July 2, 2014

Massachusetts may not ban non-compete agreements — something a good chunk of its tech community would like  – but it looks like there is some movement on that front. Governor Deval Patrick’s administration — which was pushing to get rid of the controversial agreements altogether — now looks poised to compromise, according to the Boston Globe. 

The state senate voted in favor of a measure that would limit non-compete agreements to six months and nuke them altogether for hourly employees.

The issue has split the local tech community. EMC, based in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton, Mass., has used non-competes to try to dissuade employees from joining competitors. But many in the startup world said the agreements are counterproductive because top talent often goes to California — which does not allow non-competes —  for better career prospects.

 

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