Michael Weil Comments on California’s Ban on Noncompete Agreements

The New York Times’ Room for Debate | June.10.2014

​Orrick employment law partner Michael Weil authored an op-ed on a recent California law banning the use of noncompete agreements for the “Room for Debate” column in The New York Times. An excerpt from the article is included below.

At a time when Congress is concerned that American companies are losing billions of dollars in trade secret theft to foreign and domestic hackers, we should be cautious about weakening employers’ ability to protect their intellectual property. The broad solution is not an all-or-nothing approach, but thoughtful legislation that creates appropriate disincentives to employers who might overuse or misuse noncompetes, while allowing for enforcement to protect employers’ legitimate interests.