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Set Them Free! Reeling from FTC News Largely Eliminating Noncompetes

May 07, 2024 (3 min read)

The Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule that prohibits new non-compete agreements with workers, with limited exceptions for business transactions. The rule provides that existing non-compete agreements with non-senior executives become unenforceable as of the effective date. Existing noncompetes with senior executives can remain in force but no new noncompetes (outside the limited exception) with any worker may be entered into after the effective date (120 days after the final rule is published in the Federal Register). The rule is expected to come under legal attack. 

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