Employers seeking to impose restrictive covenants upon employees will face substantial new hurdles beginning January 1, 2022. Previously, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act barred employers from requiring “low wage” workers earning $13.00 per hour or less to sign a covenant not to compete or covenant not to solicit agreement. The original Act was inspired by cases like the one brought by the Illinois Attorney General against Jimmy John’s, which prohibited employees from working for any sandwich maker within 2 miles of any Jimmy John’s for two years. Read the full article here.
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