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Non-Compete Agreements In Illinois Are Illegal For Low Wage Employees

Illinois passed the Freedom to Work Law.  This law prohibits employers from requiring low wage employees to agree to non-compete agreements/covenants not to compete. Employees who are paid $13 per hour (or the applicable minimum wage) or less are considered low wage employees.  The Act provides that a covenant not to compete with a low wage employee is “illegal and void”.   Note: The Act does not appear to prohibit confidentiality agreements or non-solicitation agreements.  The law is effective 1/1/2017

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