Municipal Government, New York

Law-News Website Agrees to Drop Non-Compete Agreements for Staff

June 19, 2016

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY – Under pressure from the New York State Attorney General’s office, the Law360 legal-news Web site agreed to stop requiring its staff to sign non-compete agreements.

Law360, a subsidiary of LexisNexis, had forced editors, reporters, researchers, and news assistants to sign employment contracts that prohibited them from working for another media outlet that covered legal news for a year if they left the company. That’s illegal under state law, except to protect trade secrets or for employees with “uniquely special skills,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a June 15 statement announcing the settlement. “Workers like the reporters at Law360 should be able to change jobs and advance their careers without fear of being sued by their prior employer.” Law360 agreed to limit the non-compete agreements to a small number of top executives, and to notify workers who left within the last year that the agreement is no longer in effect. Read more

June 19, 2016

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