Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Tech Noncompetes

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed sweeping legislation to make it easier for workers in technology, life sciences, and other industries to move from job to job by banning the noncompete agreements companies use to prevent employees from jumping to rivals. The proposal is certain to inflame a battle within the state’s business community between larger, established corporations that say noncompete agreements prevent former employees from spreading business secrets and venture capitalists who contend they stifle innovation and undermine the state’s reputation as a haven for startups.