June 26, 2023
On June 23, 2023, Cravath prepared a memo for its clients entitled “NYS Assembly Passes Bill Banning Post‑Employment Covenants Not To Compete.” The memo examines Assembly Bill A1278B, which was passed by the New York State Assembly on June 20, 2023, a version having previously been passed by the New York State Senate, and which provides for a broad ban on post‑employment noncompete restrictions. If the bill is signed into law, New York will join California as one of the most restrictive states in the U.S. with respect to post‑employment covenants not to compete. The memo outlines the types of agreements the bill bans, who is considered a covered individual, the exceptions the bill includes and the consequences for violating the law.
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