Non-competes are going to be harder to enforce in Washington State. On May 8, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed the “Act Relating to Restraints, Including Noncompetition Covenants, on Persons Engaging in Lawful Professions, Trades or Businesses,” which was passed by both houses of the state legislature in April.
The new law will become effective January 1, 2020, and will render unenforceable non-competition provisions signed by employees earning less than $100,000 and independent contractors earning less than $250,000 annually. Other important provisions of the law are as follows:
- Any non-competes exceeding 18 months will be considered unreasonable and unenforceable.
- The law