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New Illinois Law Bans Non-Competes for Low-Wage Workers

A new Illinois law soon will render invalid non-compete agreements with most lower-level employees. Governor Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (IFWA), 5 ILCS 140/1, et. seq., which prohibits private employers from entering into non-compete agreements with “low-wage employees,” defined as $13.00 per hour or less. The law is designed … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Announces Effort to Address “Problematic Usage” of Non-Competes

The Obama administration announced last week an effort to address what it perceives to be the anti-competitive effects of non-compete agreements on the labor market and the larger economy. This announcement is the latest in a series of federal governmental statements about the impact of non-competes. First, in March of 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury … Continue Reading

Newly Introduced Legislation Proposes Federal Civil Claim for Trade Secrets Misappropriation

American companies soon will have a powerful new tool to combat the taking and unauthorized use of their confidential business information.  The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (the DTSA) was introduced on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 with support from both political parties, both houses of Congress, and many companies and business organizations across the … Continue Reading