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That noncompete clause can lock you into your job

January 25, 2018

Most of us do not look closely at the language in a proposed employment contract. We are just too excited to be starting a new job. Fewer than 10% of new employees will try to negotiate their noncompete clauses, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury. But those noncompete clauses in employment agreements are designed to interfere with our future employment options.

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Payday lender sued for illegal noncompetes

October 29, 2017

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued a payday lender for illegally requiring low-wage employees to sign noncompete agreements. Under the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, which became effective January 1, Illinois employers are barred from requiring employees earning not more than minimum wage to  agree to a noncompete agreement.

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Noncompete? We don’t need those stinking clauses

September 12, 2017

According to University of Chicago Law School Professor Omri Ben-Shahar, at least 20 percent of U.S. workers are bound by noncompete agreements. He argues that expanding the current ban that Illinois has on noncompete clauses for low-income workers could make Chicago more attractive for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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