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D.C. Passes Sweeping Ban on Non-Compete Agreements and Policies

January 20, 2021

The District of Columbia (D.C.) has enacted legislation which bans the use of nearly all noncompete provisions in employment agreements and workplace policies. The Act is effective on February 11, 2021. Importantly, the Act does not have a retroactive effect on non-compete agreements in existence before the Act's effective date.The Act will require employers to modify existing employment policies (as opposed to existing agreements), and curtail the practice of offering or imposing non-compete agreements to or on employees who perform work in D.C.The Act does not cover physicians who make at least $250,000 per year; however, the Act requires their employers to provide them with 14 days’ notice of non-compete provisions.