50 State Noncompete Chart Updated (June 27, 2020)

Given the recent changes to Indiana law and Virginia law, both of which take effect on July 1, I have again updated my 50 State Noncompete Chart.

The chart is now current through June 27, 2020. And remember that since last year, the chart is more searchable (so, for example, you can search by state, as opposed to having to scroll to find the state you’re looking for).  

Though a stand-alone resource, the noncompete chart works as a companion to our 50 state and federal survey chart of trade secret laws, which I originally prepared on August 14, 2016, and have updated as laws have changed.

Thank you to Yetunde Buraimoh for her recent work confirming the continued accuracy of various entries in the noncompete chart, Elizabeth Dreisbach for her review of recent state law developments, and Erika Hahn for her on-going help ensuring that I am on top of the many recent developments around the country.

Note that some pending federal bills propose to ban or restrict employee noncompetes nationally, and the Federal Trade Commission has recently been reviewing its authority to potentially regulate noncompetes. I expect we’ll see some developments on the federal side as the world returns to normal. And, if state legislation and the Obama Administration’s Call to Action are any indication of things to come, I expect that the federal developments (assuming they find that they have authority) will take a reasonable, practical approach, banning noncompetes for low-wage earners and perhaps putting in place some other “fairness” measures. See Just out: Another proposed ban on noncompetes” and “FTC Noncompete Workshop – Update on Our Submission.”

Please note that the most current version of both the 50 State Noncompete Chart and 50 state and federal survey chart of trade secret laws can always be found on my firm’s resources page.