This year has been a wakeup call. With historic numbers of Americans out of work since the pandemic struck the United States and a renewed conversation about systemic racism highlighting structural power imbalances, it’s more important than ever that we create a more equitable and fair system for workers. One way to do this: Ban non-compete employment agreements.
Non-compete agreements are clauses inserted into employment contracts prohibiting employees from leaving to join a competitor or start a competitive business. They often include time limitations (e.g. two years after leaving) and geographic limitations (e.g. within 100 miles).
Many people think non-competes only affect TV personalities or high-level executives with access to company secrets. They assume these agreements are rarely, if ever, an issue for the majority of workers. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
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