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 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 prohibits non-competes, while China and most developed countries require employees to be compensated during the non-compete period.
To Compete Better, States Are Trying to Curb Noncompete Pacts – New York Times
Eliminating Noncompetes One Employer at a Time Through Single-Issue Labor Organizing Campaigns – OnLabor blog of Harvard Law Professors Ben Sachs and Jack Goldsmith
Non-compete clauses prompt an American backlash – Financial Times
Laid-off with a non-compete? Bill would guarantee salary – Computerworld
“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