The article, published online by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, focuses on a surprising position taken by the Associate Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) during a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development concerning the eight pending noncompete and trade secrets bills. Specifically, the article explains that AIM is supporting a bill requiring employers to pay employees during any period the noncompete restriction is in place.
The article notes, “Boston business litigator Russell Beck is about as tuned in as one can be to what has become an annual bid by lawmakers to reform state law on noncompete agreements. The Beck, Reed, Riden founding partner has literally written a book on Massachusetts noncompete law. He’s also a longtime advisor to Sen. William N. Brownsberger, D-Belmont, and Rep. Lori A. Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, sponsors of twin bills in the House and Senate aimed at reforming the law governing the enforcement of noncompetition agreements.” It then observes that “even Beck was taken by surprise when a leading business group recently revealed that it was backing a bill that would require employers to pay former employees during the time the restrictions in a noncompete agreement remain in effect.”
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