On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final rule that will ban most employer-employee non-compete agreements. The rule represents an unprecedented federal initiative to invalidate agreements commonly entered into between employers and employees. Read on for details about the final rule and the challenges the rule’s implementation faces.

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Photo of Holden Brooks Holden Brooks

Holden Brooks is a partner for the firm’s Antitrust, Trade and Commercial Litigation Department, where her practice focuses on mergers, complex litigation, civil and criminal enforcement, and counseling across several industries with significant experience in the area of Healthcare.

Photo of Wrede Smith Wrede Smith

Wrede is a member of the firm’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation practice, focusing on representing clients in government review of mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal government investigations, civil antitrust litigation, and antitrust counseling.

Photo of Paul Navarro Paul Navarro

Paul has focused on employment law matters since joining the firm in 1998. He represents employers throughout the country in many different industries, including for example financial services, private equity, food services, staffing, manufacturing, healthcare, and higher education.

Photo of John E. Thomas John E. Thomas

John practices in the area of labor and employment. He regularly counsels employers regarding employment agreements, policies and handbooks, misappropriation of trade secrets, employee terminations, and severance agreements. With a focus on employment-related litigation, John represents employers facing claims of harassment, retaliation, and…

John practices in the area of labor and employment. He regularly counsels employers regarding employment agreements, policies and handbooks, misappropriation of trade secrets, employee terminations, and severance agreements. With a focus on employment-related litigation, John represents employers facing claims of harassment, retaliation, and discrimination under a host of employment laws including the FLSA, the FMLA, Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA. Moreover, he has experience representing employers facing claims concerning defamation, breach of employment contracts, and covenants not to compete.

Photo of Meghaan Madriz Meghaan Madriz

Meghaan Madriz advises employers of all sizes on their employment-related matters and zealously defends them against employee claims in court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings.

Photo of Joshua Wade Joshua Wade

Josh is a lawyer in the firm’s Richmond office who focuses on antitrust law, government investigations, and complex commercial litigation.

Photo of Christopher Karamanos Christopher Karamanos

Chris is a lawyer in the firm’s Chicago office who focuses on civil antitrust litigation, criminal cartel investigations, and other investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Chris also specializes in complex commercial litigation and consumer class action defense.