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e-Alert – Rhode Island Prohibits Noncompete Agreements for Certain Employees

By March 4, 2020March 6th, 2020No Comments


Effective as of January 15, 2020, Rhode Island enacted a ban that vastly prohibits employers from engaging in noncompete agreements with their employees. A “noncompete agreement” is a contract between an employer and employee, in which the employee agrees not to work for a competitor during or after their employment period.

Noncompete agreements are no longer enforceable for the following:

  • Nonexempt employees, per the federal Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Students — undergraduate and graduate
  • Employees 18 years old or less
  • Low-wage employees

Employers Next Steps

  • If you are a Full-Service or Virtual HR client and would like our assistance with updating your policy, please email us.

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