Want to get rid of the non-compete agreement that can prevent you from taking a new job?

EARN’s innovative approach enables groups of as few as two non-supervisory U.S. employees with a “community of interest” to negotiate with their employer to eliminate their non-competes under the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

California’s prohibition on non-competes has helped that state out-innovate the many states that enforce them. India also prohibits non-competes, while China and most developed countries require employees to be compensated during the non-compete period.

(See EARN-TEE for Dell EMC Employees if you’re a Dell EMC employee.)

The End of the Noncompete ClauseHarvard Business School Alumni Bulletin

Eliminating Noncompetes One Employer at a Time Through Single-Issue Labor Organizing CampaignsOnLabor blog of Harvard Law Prof. Ben Sachs

Why EMC Employees Are Forming a ‘Pop-Up’ Union to Take Down NoncompetesBostInno

​To Compete Better, States Are Trying to Curb Noncompete PactsNew York Times

Non-compete clauses prompt an American backlash​Financial Times

Laid-off with a non-compete? Bill would guarantee salaryComputerworld

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What is a non-compete?
Are non-competes really enforceable?
How can forming a pop-up employee association help me eliminate my non-compete?
How do we get started?
How can we gather signatures to trigger an election to certify a pop-up employee association?
What does EARN have in common with established labor unions?
How could work actions limited to evenings or weekends be effective?
Can my employer take or threaten adverse actions against me for organizing a pop-up association with my colleagues at work?
Bonus question: What profession is exempt from non-competes in the U.S.?

IEEE‘s Worcester (Massachusetts) Section supports EARN’s efforts to reduce the burden of non-competes on Massachusetts technology professionals. Non-compete agreements lower the Massachusetts technology workforce’s ability to respond to changing market conditions, and thereby reduce the flexibility and competitiveness of the Bay State’s economy. These agreements can have a chilling effect on individual professionals’ ability to pursue careers they have studied hard and invested to achieve. A one year non-compete is equally damaging as it makes it impossible to maintain career continuity or to pursue a bona fide offer in a similar field. We would support specific intellectual property exclusions to protect corporate trade secrets rather than blanket restrictions on responsible professionals.” – C. Vernon Gaw, Chair, Worcester County Section, IEEE

“We applaud EARN’s efforts to negotiate to eliminate the non-compete agreements in its members’ employment contracts. We’ve offered our advice to help make this new model for negotiating non-competes successful.” – Greg Junemann, President, IFPTE