Updated chart of noncompete notice requirements (June 20, 2024)

As you may recall, eight states and Washington, D.C. have adopted certain types of notice requirements for people who will be subject to a noncompete or are exempt from them.

Oregon was the first state to require advance notice (i.e., not permitting a noncompete to be disclosed to a worker for the first time on the first day of the job), and since then, seven other states — Massachusetts (2018), New Hampshire (2019), Maine (2019), Washington (2020), Virginia (2020), Illinois (2021), and Colorado (2022) — and Washington, D.C. (2022) have all followed suit with some type of notice requirements.

But, the requirements vary wildly.

To help you keep track of noncompete notice requirements, below is a (downloadable) state-by-state chart of the substantive requirements and their timing.

We will continue to keep you posted as things develop.

In the meantime, you may also want to check your agreements more generally to make sure you are complying with the noncompete laws in all states in which you have employees. Our 50-state noncompete chart (the first of its kind, created in 2010, and updated regularly since to keep track of the ever-changing noncompete laws) can serve as a starting point.

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Firm resources: 

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.

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*A huge thank you to Erika Hahn for all of her extraordinary help in tracking and monitoring all of the bills around the country and helping me make sure that all of our resources are current and accurate!