Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to make available its updated 50 state (plus DC) survey chart of noncompete laws. The chart is a summary of employee noncompetition laws and applicable standards throughout the country.
The chart covers the following:
Whether noncompete agreements are permitted in the state
Governing statutory authority, if any
Identification of the protectable interests (also known as legitimate interests or legitimate business interests)
Applicable standards for enforcement
Industries or professions exempt from noncompete agreements
Whether the state follows the reformation rule (also known as “judicial modification,” the “rule of reasonableness,” the “reasonable alteration approach,” and the “partial-enforcement” rule), the blue pencil doctrine, or the red pencil doctrine (also known as the “all or nothing” rule)
Whether noncompete agreements are enforceable against at-will employees whose employment was terminated without cause
The chart is available for download here.
Created in 2010, the chart was the first of its kind, and is regularly updated. This version was updated as of June 27, 2021.
Check back for periodic updates or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will automatically send the latest updates as they become available.
Please note that the chart is not legal advice, nor is it a substitute for proper legal research and advice. It is provided for informational purposes only.
For up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning noncompete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law. Beck Reed Riden LLP is also pleased to share its FAQ on the Massachusetts noncompete law.
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