Using Non-Compete Laws to Spur Economic Development in Massachusetts

The Rappaport Institute at the Kennedy School of Government hosts a discussion around House Bill 1794, which would outlaw non-compete clauses in employment agreements in Massachusetts.

From the event description: “Massachusetts, like many states, allows firms in knowledge-intensive fields to limit their employees’ ability to take jobs with other firms. These ‘non-compete’ restrictions help firms because they limit the disclosure of trade secrets, honor customer confidentiality, and prevent competitors from appropriating employees’ specialized skills and knowledge. But new analyses based on a ‘natural experiment’ in Michigan suggest that the restrictions should be reconsidered because they can stymie individual innovation, which in turn may hamper regional economic development.”

Lee Fleming, Alfred Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and Matt Marx Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Business School, will talk about a new Rappaport Institute Policy Brief to be released at the event: “Regional Disadvantage? The Effects of Employee Non-Compete Agreements.”

Commentary by:
State Representative Will Brownsberger, (D-Belmont)
Robert Fisher, Partner and Deputy Chair, Labor Department, Foley Hoag LLP
Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital

More information here.