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Florida senator proposes changes to noncompete agreements

Posted by William J. Cook | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

While there may be opportunities for career advancement available, for many workers in Florida and elsewhere, the process might not be as easy as filling out an application. Even those who work minimum wage jobs may be restricted by noncompete agreements at times. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has recently took to social media to promote a bill that would limit the use of similar agreements in low wage jobs, but some feel this change might not be enough.

According to reports, Senator Rubio has recently filed a bill named the Freedom to Compete Act. If passed into law, this act would reportedly prohibit employers from using noncompete agreements to keep low wage workers from seeking out higher paying jobs in a competing field. However, there are certain stipulations concerning who would benefit from the change, and some feel that it may still leave the majority of workers with little hopes of advancement.

Reports indicate that the changes would only pertain to those who bring in an annual salary of less than $23,660. Some have also raised concerns over how a violation of the act would be handled. Others also feel that the changes may do little to keep employers from intimidating workers to comply with their contracts, as many of these workers might not be fully aware of their rights, or even that changes have been proposed.

Dealing with disputes surrounding noncompete agreements can be a stressful and daunting process. Those who wish to obtain guidance on their rights and available legal options could benefit from speaking with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An attorney in Florida can examine a client's situation thoroughly and assist in protecting his or her rights through the necessary outlets.

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William J. Cook

William J. Cook represents clients in matters involving business litigation and commercial and employment disputes, securities litigation, insurance, personal injury. Mr. Cook's peers have awarded him with the highest possible rating of AV-Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell, which speak...

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