FTC Issues Final Rule Banning Employment Noncompete Agreements

On April 23, 2024, in a 3-2 vote along party lines, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule that will ban essentially all employment noncompete agreements nationwide. This alert dives into the key takeaways and what to expect next.

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The FTC Non-Compete Rule – It’s Finally Here (Almost)!

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that, next Tuesday, April 23, it will be releasing the final version of its proposed rule largely prohibiting employee non-competition restrictions. See FTC Announces Special Open Commission Meeting on Rule to Ban Noncompetes | Federal Trade Commission. The announcement will be preceded by a vote by the five FTC commissioners on whether to “authorize public disclosure of the proposed final rule.” Assuming that disclosure is authorized, which is expected, the FTC will present the rule and then vote to issue it. As of yet, there has been no indication whether the final rule will be the same as the proposed rule or, if not, what the changes will be.

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Federal Court Strikes Down NLRB’s New Joint Employer Rule, Leaving 2020 Rule in Place for Now

The 2023 rule, which was set to take effect on March 11, would have expanded the joint employer test to include reserved and indirect control — potentially exposing franchisors to claims that their franchise agreements and brand standards make them joint employers of their franchisee’s employees for purposes of collective bargaining and labor disputes. The federal district court concluded that the 2023 rule is unlawful because it would expand joint employment beyond the outer limits set by the common-law definition of employment. Other courts are likely to weigh in. The NLRB may appeal to the Fifth Circuit. A parallel suit brought by the Service Employees International Union regarding the scope of the 2023 rule is currently pending before the D.C. Circuit. Either or both of those cases may ultimately go to the U.S. Supreme Court. We conclude with two relevant handouts that identify franchisors’ best practices.

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Ever-Expanding Jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board

The decision held that the basketball players were employees of Dartmouth because the college had the right to control their work by scheduling practice times, strictly managing away-game travel, and issuing a handbook of rules, which players must follow; and because the college compensated the players for their work. The decision dismisses Dartmouth’s contention that athletic clothing and equipment, which the school provides equally to all team members free of charge, is not salary because the college does not provide more of these items to its starters compared to nonstarters. While the Board rejected Dartmouth’s request to stay the election pending appeal, a full appeal of the merits of the regional directors will soon see the Board members weigh in on this extraordinary extension of the agency’s jurisdiction into amateur athletics.

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Don’t Labor Under New Laws

California is a state of perpetual motion when it comes to new and evolving employer regulations. While most of the 305 bills introduced in the last legislative session mentioning “employer” did not pass the Legislature, many did and were signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. With that comes more rules and risks for employers dealing with non-compete agreements, anti-discrimination, Labor Code enforcement, workplace safety, leaves of absence and a plethora of minimum wage increases.

To borrow from Kelly Clarkson, “… what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller …”

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Key Takeaways From the 28th Annual Bernard Gottfried Labor Law Symposium

On October 19, 2023, Faegre Drinker Partner Ryan Funk gave remarks at the 28th Annual Bernard Gottfried Labor Law Symposium, which was sponsored by the National Labor Relations Board, the Wayne State Law School, and the State Bar of Michigan.  In his remarks, Funk critiqued three recent changes to the National Labor Relations Board’s remedial scheme.

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Discussing Thryv, Inc., Funk voiced his concern that the labor law community was growing out of touch with workers, employers, and the public, and changing remedies in ways that hurt the overall mission of the agency.

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