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The Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreement Act: A Comprehensive Approach to Reform that Helps Workers, Entrepreneurs, and Promotes Competition
The Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreement Act, approved by the Uniform Law Commission in 2021, sets standards for the enforcement of employment agreements that prohibit or limit an employee or other worker from working elsewhere after the work relationship ends. Notably, this Act does not control what a worker may or may not do while working for the original employer. Rather, the Act recognizes that restrictive employment agreements can serve valid purposes in enhancing value during the sale of a business, as well as in protecting trade secrets and customer relationships. However, the Act also recognizes that these agreements can be abused, unduly limiting competition and worker mobility with few offsetting advantages.

Dec 8, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Rich Cassidy
Chair @Uniform Law Commission
Richard Cassidy chaired the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreement Act. He has litigated many cases involving covenants not to compete. Rich is a Vermont tort and employment lawyer. He also works regularly as a mediator and arbitrator. A founder of Rich Cassidy Law, he has more than 40 years of experience in the practice of law in Vermont. He has served as a Uniform Law Commissioner since being appointed by Vermont Governor Howard Dean in 1994. He was the 2015 – 2017 President of the Commission, and served as Chair of the ULC Executive Committee, and of its Scope and Program Committee. He was a ULC Secretary and served on its Executive Committee for 12 years. He chaired the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act and was a member of the Drafting Committees on the Apportionment of Tort Responsibility Act, the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, and the Model Punitive Damages Act.
Stewart J. Schwab
Reporter @Uniform Law Commission
Stewart J. Schwab is the Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, and was its Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2004 to 2014. He has been a member of the Cornell Law School faculty since 1983. A native of North Carolina, Schwab obtained his J.D. as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Schwab clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court. Professor Schwab is a leading scholar in economic analysis of law and in employment law, and has a casebook on Employment Law now in its 6th edition. Schwab is the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreements Act, and was a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law. He has been named by Human Resource Executive as one of the 50 most powerful employment attorneys in America.