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FTC Bans Non-Competes


April 30, 2024


As the President of the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, it's important for me to keep you informed about regulatory changes that could impact your businesses. One such change that I want to bring to your attention is the recent decision by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ban most non-compete agreements, effective July 1.

Under this new rule, the FTC will consider almost all non-compete agreements as "unfair," with only limited exceptions. Additionally, employers will be required to provide notice of compliance with this rule by January 1, 2025. This development understandably raises concerns among employers and employees alike about how they can protect their interests in light of this ban.

However, it's crucial to recognize that while non-compete agreements may no longer be an option, there are still alternative tools available to safeguard your company's valuable assets. For instance, businesses can explore other types of agreements such as non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and non-solicitation agreements to protect sensitive information, customer relationships, and trade secrets.

Moreover, companies can focus on cultivating a positive work environment and fostering loyalty among employees through competitive compensation packages, professional development opportunities, and a supportive company culture. By prioritizing employee satisfaction and engagement, businesses can reduce the likelihood of employees seeking opportunities elsewhere.

While the FTC's decision may require adjustments in how businesses approach employee contracts and protection strategies, it also presents an opportunity to reassess and strengthen the overall relationship between employers and employees. As we navigate these changes together, the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce remains committed to supporting our members and providing resources to help you thrive in the evolving business landscape.


Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

We're here to assist you every step of the way.



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