FTC Proposes Rule Banning Non-Compete Clauses Nationwide

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.

Proposing to Ban Noncompete Agreements, the FTC Plays its Strongest Hand

On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a proposed rule that would categorically ban noncompete agreements between employers and a broad class of “workers,” including independent contractors, volunteers, apprentices, and even sole proprietors who provide services to clients. By pushing for markedly extensive change, the FTC has played its strongest hand. Consequently, the federal government should anticipate that an abundance of litigation will be initiated by the corporate sector’s major players, who will fight for middle-ground legislation.