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For many years now, companies have used non-compete agreements both to prevent employees from joining competitors and as a de facto retention tool. But new trends in the legal and labor landscape suggest that companies reconsider their reliance on these non-competes to achieve their goals.

It’s no secret that courts and state legislatures have dimmed their views of these sorts of restrictions, looking at non-compete agreements with increasing disfavor. Between ensuring that agreements comply with unique state laws and meet higher bars of reasonableness in court, enforcing non-competes is now more difficult and expensive than ever.

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