With one Republican Commissioner dissenting, the FTC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would ban non-compete agreements between employers and workers nationwide, both prospectively and retroactively.  If finalized, the proposal would impact nearly all nonbanks in the consumer financial services industry.  We first review the practices that the proposal would prohibit, the types of employers and categories of workers it covers, and the types of agreements it covers, including the proposal’s narrow exceptions. … Continue Reading

Following an announcement last year that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would use Section 5 of the FTC Act to aggressively police conduct it deems unfair (see our Legal Alert), the Agency kicked off the new year with two actions aimed at banning non-compete agreements between employers and workers.

On January 5, the FTC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at categorically banning non-compete agreements nationwide. … Continue Reading