Rhode Island has followed the recent trend of its neighboring states—including Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire—by enacting a law that largely prohibits employers from entering into noncompete agreements with their employees.
In recent weeks, Maine and New Hampshire each enacted a law prohibiting the use of noncompete agreements with lower wage earners. Shortly thereafter, on July 11, 2019, the Rhode Island legislature sent a similar bill to Governor Raimondo’s desk.
Every year, there are numerous state laws and local ordinances that take effect after the first of the year - and 2019 is no exception. This article summarizes key labor and employment laws and ordinances that become effective in the next few months.