Don’t want to sign that new non-compete agreement that your employer just rolled out? Unempoyment compensation may be an option at least according to one new court decision.

An employee does not necessarily forfeit unemployment compensation if he or she is discharged, or resigns rather than waiting to be discharged, for declining to sign a mandated restrictive covenant.  Darr v.
Continue Reading Unemployment Compensation Awarded To Ex-Employee Refusing Employer’s Order To Execute Non-Compete Covenant

On January 9th, the Maryland Senate introduced a bill which if passed would invalidate employee “noncompetition covenants” for former workers who applied for and obtained unemployment benefits. Senate Bill 51 is sponsored by Senator Ronald N. Young, Democrat, who just began his third year in the Maryland Senate. If enacted, the bill will take effect on October 1, 2013, and
Continue Reading To Work or Not to Work – Maryland’s Senate Considers Changes To Non-Compete Law for Those on Unemployment

A Robert Samuelson piece in the Washington Post on the mismatch between the skills of job seekers and the requirements for open positions may seem like an unlikely place to find an angle on non-compete restrictions. However, in his column on the unemployment rate, Samuelson makes an argument that touches on the role that non-competes can play for employers and employees. In explaining

Continue Reading The Unemployment Rate, Mismatched Skills, and … Non-competes?