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Employment Law Notebook

President Biden Aims to Limit Non-Competes

President Biden wants the Federal Trade Commission to limit non-competes.  If this actually happens, this would be a huge relief for employees who wind up facing months or years restricted from pursuing the industry-specific job they want due to overly restrictive non-compete agreements. For now, it is unclear exactly what the FTC will do. The President’s Executive Order,  which issued on June 9, merely encourages the agency’s commissioners to use the FTC's statutory authority “to curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility.”

In the interim, perhaps this will make it easier for employees negotiating a new job to convince their prospective employer not to impose one on them or to significantly narrow the scope of the restriction. Stay tuned.