It has been argued that employee non-compete agreements
(NCA’s), in addition to being unfair, have hurt innovation and enterprise
creation in Massachusetts. Advocates for the status quo insist that the
NCA’s are strictly scrutinized and necessary for the protection of confidential
information of employers.
The 188th General Court Senate overwhelmingly approved an economic
development bill that included both a BBA-tweaked version of the
48-states-adopted Uniform Trade Secrets Act and a compromise mechanism to
discourage overreaching employee NCA’s. These provisions were “held in
In the BBA’s sixth summer symposium on these issues, legislators,
administrators and lawyers advocating or advising on reform will provide an
overview of recent developments and issues going forward. Arguments will be made
for the status quo. There will be opportunity for attendee questions and
presentation of views.