Changes May Be Coming For Non-Competes In Washington State

  In early March 2019, the Washington Senate passed a bill that would limit the use of non-compete agreements in Washington. The bill, ESSB 5478, will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. It’s worth remembering that the Washington legislature tried and failed to pass non-compete legislation in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Perhaps its losing streak will end in 2019.While the 2019 bill doesn’t purport to ban the use of non-competes altogether, it would impose significant restrictions on their use by Washington employers if it becomes law. A sampling of the key restrictions are addressed below.Related: Non-Compete Agreements In Washington StateThe Bill Sets An Income ThresholdA central goal of the bill is to prevent non-competes from being used for low level employees. To that end, the bill would nullify non-compete agreements for any employee earning $100,000 or less per year.…

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