Massachusetts governor declares war on non-compete pacts

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick plans to propose legislation that will curtail the use of non-compete agreements by high-tech companies trying to keep employees from joining rivals. The move has drawn fire from companies like Hopkinton-based EMC, which has used non-compete agreements and other legal tactics against employees who move to competitors. Patrick wants Massachusetts to join California and other states that have adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which purports to prevent workers from taking employers’ intellectual property to other businesses.

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