Court Blocks FTC Rule Banning Employment Noncompete Agreements on a Limited Basis

The FTC’s Rule banning noncompete agreements against the plaintiffs in Ryan LLC v. Federal Trade Commission has been enjoined. The court’s order signals a tough road ahead for the FTC’s Rule on a nationwide scale, although a second order is due by the end of July in a separate case. Nevertheless, employers should be aware of increasing judicial scrutiny and legislative limitations of restrictive covenants.

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