With its recently passed Act Relative to Noncompete Agreements for Low-Wage Employees, New Hampshire has joined a  growing list of states (including Maryland and Maine) that have enacted laws barring employers from enforcing non-competition agreements against low-wage workers.  The New Hampshire law prohibits employers from enforcing agreements against employees earning less than 200%

Several states in recent years have enacted laws that have been designed, in varying degrees, to limit non-competes, including California, Illinois, and Nevada. Which states and cities are most likely to do the same in 2018?

The New Hampshire and New York City legislatures have introduced bills that seek to prohibit the use of non-compete

On December 21, 2012, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, in Ellis v. Candia Trailers & Snow Equipment, Inc., found that a non-compete agreement was a fundamental component of a purchase and sale transaction which was memorialized in three separate agreements. The Seller began competing with Buyer shortly after the sale. After the Buyer did not follow through on purchasing all required assets of the Seller, the Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s decision to partially rescind the non-compete agreement, and instead decided that the non-compete was so essential to the transaction that it required complete rescission of the transaction.
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