Curious which states have changed their noncompete laws in the last decade? (More than half)

In case you were wondering what states have changed their noncompete laws in the past decade or so, we have the answer.

Below, in reverse chronological order based on the effective date, is a summary description of each change in each state, with a link to a more in-depth description.

If you didn’t count, that’s 42 changes in 28 states, plus D.C.

If you think that’s a lot, note that it does not include changes made by judges, like the recent Wyoming Supreme Court’s decision in Hassler v. Circle C Resources (changing the approach to overly broad noncompetes from reformation to red pencil), the Texas Supreme Court’s December 2011 (substituted) decision in Marsh USA, Inc. v. Cook, which fundamentally altered the consideration requirement in Texas, or any of the many other decisions that have significantly impacted the particular state’s noncompete laws.

All of these changes are reflected in our 50-state noncompete chart, which is updated on a continual basis, as the laws change. And, for an alphabetical list and what is happening at the federal level, see our Changing Trade Secrets | Noncompete Laws page.

 

*A huge thank you to Erika Hahn for all of her extraordinary help in tracking and monitoring all of the bills of the past decade-plus!