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New Hampshire Bans Noncompetes for Low-Wage Workers (1)

July 11, 2019, 1:04 PM; Updated: July 11, 2019, 1:48 PM

Low-wage workers in New Hampshire won’t be forced to sign noncompete agreements if they leave their job for another in the same field.

Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed a law (S.B. 197) July 10 banning noncompete agreements for workers who earn an hourly rate less than or equal to double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. That limit works out to an annual salary of just over $30,000.

Noncompete agreements for low-wage workers have restricted food service workers from leaving one job for another and have been used to discourage workers from leaving their current employers,...

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