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New Massachusetts Law Restricting Noncompetition Agreements

On August 10, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill substantially limiting the use of noncompetition agreements in Massachusetts. The new Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act of 2018 (the “Noncompetition Law”) applies to all post-employment noncompetition agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018 between an employer and an employee or otherwise arising out of an employment relationship. It also broadly applies to independent contractors and includes any “forfeiture for competition” agreement.

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Massachusetts Proposes New Regulations on Employer Health Care Mandates


Time to Read: 1 minutes Practices: Labor & Employment, Health Care

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New regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy provide awaited guidance on certain employer obligations under the recently enacted Massachusetts health care reform legislation. The proposed regulations, which would become effective in October 2006, define a “fair and reasonable premium contribution,” address the surcharge to be levied on certain employers to reimburse the state for the cost of state-funded health care services received by their employees and their employees' dependents, and set forth employer and employee disclosure requirements related to access to and coverage under health insurance. For a more detailed analysis of the proposed regulations, including information about upcoming public hearings, click "Download PDF."

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