50 State Noncompete Chart Updated (May 29, 2021)

Given the recent changes to Oregon’s noncompete law (which will take effect on January 1, 2022), I have again updated my 50 State Noncompete Chart.

Note that given the uncertainness about the effective date of D.C.’s new noncompete law (it is pending funding, which usually happens in the fall) and what the final law will say (there are already proposed amendments (blog post about them coming soon)), I have simply noted the fact of anticipated changes, rather than summarize them.

With these changes, the chart is now current through May 29, 2021.

There are, however, still 59 noncompete bills still pending in 20 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia. And, one of the Illinois bills is likely to pass in this legislative session, which ends Monday. If that happens, I will update the chart again.

Though a stand-alone resource, the noncompete chart (which was the first of its kind and has been updated regularly since 2010) works as a companion to our 50 state and federal survey chart of trade secret laws (which I originally prepared on August 14, 2016, is likewise updated as laws have changed).

Thank you to Erika Hahn for her on-going help ensuring that I am on top of the many recent developments around the country.

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.