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Impact of New Massachusetts Noncompete Law on Emerging Tech Companies

The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act, M.G.L. c. 149, § 24L, has been the law of the Commonwealth for almost four months. The statute only applies to agreements entered into between employers and certain employees and independent contractors on or after Oct. 1, 2018, so the law’s ramifications are still largely yet to be determined. Nevertheless, … Continue Reading

California Employee Can Agree to Non-Compete Clause When Represented by Counsel

Many employers and attorneys assume that covenants not to compete found in employment agreements are not enforceable against California residents absent narrow exceptions, and that courts would reject any attempt to apply another state’s choice of law provision to draft around this issue. A recent case from the Delaware Chancery Court, NuVasive, Inc. v. Patrick … Continue Reading

Crossing Borders: Employment Considerations – Is Employment a Universal Concept?

We often expect differences among legal approaches to employment relationships around the globe. Do we ever think about the similarities? In the vast majority of countries through which my legal work life has blazed a trail, there is one concept that is remarkably universal: the definition of employment. When characterizing what happens in each of … Continue Reading

Ten Tips for Good Corporate Compliance Programs

For companies who operate in many jurisdictions, one of the major challenges of growing into a global company is ensuring compliance with many different local laws, regulations, rules, and customs.  It is an ongoing effort to manage as the business expands.  Following are 10 tips for a good global compliance program.  We discuss these areas briefly … Continue Reading
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