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Schneiderman: NY can fight misuse of non-compete agreements

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Posted at 7:51 AM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 07:51:13-04

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the state to stop what his office says is the "rampant misuse" of employee non-compete agreements.

The Democrat on Tuesday proposed legislation that would prohibit companies from asking low-wage workers to sign non-compete clauses. The measure would also require companies to pay workers more if they agree to sign such an agreement.

Schneiderman said the agreements can prevent workers, particularly low-wage ones, from finding new jobs.

In recent months, Schneiderman's office has successfully negotiated with three companies including the Jimmy John's sandwich chain to curb their use of non-compete agreements.