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A significant move to boost labor rights in the U.S. is one step closer to reality. 

The Federal Trade Commission introduced a new proposal to block companies from using noncompete clauses in labor contracts. These clauses ban workers from leaving their job for a competitor or starting a competing business for months and even years after leaving their current employer. Of course, these noncompete help companies and only hurt employees. 

It’s a significant win for labor rights and could have far-reaching impacts on wages and competition. The FTC said a ban on noncompete clauses could increase wages by nearly $300 billion per year and expand career opportunities for 30 million workers in the U.S.  

The proposal is in a public comment period until early march. Once that ends, the FTC will move to make the proposal final. The ban on noncompetes could take effect later this year. 

Our skilled attorneys are experts in employment law and applaud this move from the FTC. Our firm is dedicated to ensuring our clients get the wages they’re entitled to If you or someone you know has experienced employment discrimination, fill out our questionnaire. We may be able to help you.