In 2020, the District of Columbia Council passed a law stating that non-compete agreements would be illegal. The law, entitled the “Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020,” has far-reaching implications for the many employers that do business in D.C. Unlike Virginia, Maryland, and other jurisdictions that prohibited non-compete agreements for low-wage workers in recent years – the D.C. law prohibits non-competes for all employees.
The D.C. Council received significant pushback from the community on the scope of the law and the potential liability it presents for employers. Given this, certain Council members proposed amendments that would limit/clarify the scope of the Act (not yet voted on/approved). In order to allow for consideration of these modifications, the Council recently voted to delay the effective date of the law from April 1 to October 1, 2022. Council feedback in the coming months may better indicate whether the law will be modified or pushed back again in October.
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