Should We Make Non-Compete Agreements Illegal in Masssachusetts?
If you want to change the status quo, here are a couple sites to know about:
- Prohibit Restrictive Employee Covenants
- Rep. Will Brownsberger's site. Brownsberger is the state rep who has introduced a bill to make non-competes illegal in Massachusetts
- Alliance for Open Competition
- Massachusetts Non-Compete Law blog
There were so many great comments that couldn't fit in the story, but just one for the blog from Jeff Anderson, CEO of Quick Hit (and former CEO of Turbine, another local games company mentioned in the column).
"The biggest problem we have as a start-up is attracting and retaining talent. If someone wants to relocate to Massachusetts, they need to feel like if this job doesn't work out, they can find another job. But if non-competes are de rigeur, if not only reduces the number of companies that you have in any given space, like games, but it forces those people to leave." Anderson adds that he has received two or three dozen job applications from talented people working for other games companies in Massachusetts, but says that it would be problematic to hire them because of their non-competes.
"When you think about all the other problems that start-ups have to deal with, from capital and vision to competition, and all the pieces that have to be properly aligned, non-competes just add to that."
Of course, like most companies in Massachusetts, even though Anderson is philosophically against non-competes, he asks employees to sign one, even though he says it is as narrowly-defined as possible.