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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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NLRB Rules That Charge Nurses May Be Supervisors


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In a long-awaited decision with broad implications, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that charge nurses may qualify as "supervisors" who are ineligible for collective bargaining based on their assigning and directing other nurses or staff. This ruling has significantly altered the labor-relations landscape for hospitals and other healthcare employers. For an explanation of what this means for you, as well as a more detailed analysis of the ruling and its background, please click "Download PDF" to view Ropes & Gray's alert.

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