Will non-competition agreements in Massachusetts soon be illegal?

According to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly state lawmakers have recently introduced
legislation that, if passed, would ban the enforcement of employee non-competition
agreements in Massachusetts. If such a law were enacted it would significantly
affect the future of employment contracts. As proposed the law would be retroactive
– essentially voiding any currently existing non-compete agreement in the
Commonwealth. Even were the bill to become law it would likely be challenged by
counsel for employers citing the Contract Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Accordingly, it is a long way from changing the landscape of current non-competition
agreements. Stay tuned.