A lost clause? FTC may ban noncompete pacts

SKEPTICAL: Attorney ­Joshua Hawks-Ladds says he believes the Federal Trade Commission may modify its proposal to prohibit noncompete agreements so it doesn’t have such a sweeping effect.
PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH ­GRAHAM
SKEPTICAL: Attorney ­Joshua Hawks-Ladds says he believes the Federal Trade Commission may modify its proposal to prohibit noncompete agreements so it doesn’t have such a sweeping effect.
PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH ­GRAHAM

Thirty million people. That’s how many workers federal regulators say could find new jobs, increase their wages, or even start their own companies if freed from the constraints of noncompete agreements. The Federal Trade Commission in January published a proposal seeking to ban the use of noncompete agreements, a document or clause in a contract

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