On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a ban on the use of non-compete provisions in employment contracts. The ban would also require employers to nullify any existing non-compete clauses within six months of activation. The proposed rule applies to all employees and independent contractors, paid and unpaid workers, and businesses of all sizes and location. This is a far-reaching move that has the potential to raise wages and increase competition among businesses.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed a ban on non-compete clauses in contracts between employers and their employees. The FTC estimates this ban could increase American earnings in the range of $300 billion per year, while also allowing for lateral movements across business sectors and more career opportunities for employees. The FTC’s primary mission is to protect both competition and consumers with this proposed ban. Through Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, the FTC has the power to investigate and prevent unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices affecting commerce.