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FTC Democrat Urges Rulemaking on Noncompete Agreements

Sept. 10, 2018, 11:03 AM

Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra has emerged as a new ally to competition advocates pushing for increased use of antitrust laws to address worker issues.

Chopra, a Democrat, wants the FTC to write rules defining when noncompete agreements for employees are permissible. He raised the issue Sept. 6 in comments filed ahead of a wide-ranging series of FTC policy hearings.

Chopra’s comments came a day after four House Democrats released a report recommending that noncompete agreements be banned. The recommendation was part of a broad policy agenda about workers that called for stronger employment-based antitrust enforcement and other actions to ...

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