Preparing for California’s expanded noncompete ban and anti-restrictive covenant laws (Fairly Competing, Episode 23)

Episode 23 of Fairly Competing is out!

On January 1, 2024, California officially will begin exporting its ban on noncompetes, nonsolicits, and likely no-recruits to the rest of the country — whether the other states like it or not.

For background, see:

In this episode of Fairly Competing, John, Ben, and I discuss:

  • the scope of California’s new laws;
  • what the laws purport to do; and
  • what companies can do to limit the impact of the new laws.

You can join us on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, or go to, if you’re just looking for the RSS feed.

And if you just can’t get enough of California’s self-proclaimed, paramount policy, check out this two-hour brainstorming session on the new laws with over 40 of the leading trade secret / restrictive covenant / employee mobility lawyers from around the country: Responding to California’s New, Expanded, Anti Restrictive Covenant Laws.

And, because this show is for you, please email John, Ben, or me with any topics you’d like to hear us discuss. While we cannot offer legal advice on the show, we can certainly discuss any issues you may be wondering about.

*Thank you again to Erika Hahn for the intro and outro voice over, Tyler Beck for the music, and mohamed_hassan for the base image.

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We know how hard it is to keep up with the ever-changing requirements around the country. To help, we have created the following resources (available for free):

We hope you find all of these resources useful. More are coming.

And please note that we are grateful for all of the input we’ve received over the years, and welcome any suggestions for improvements that you may be willing to share.