Massachusetts’ New Laws Governing Trade Secrets and Employee Non-Competition Clauses

In August, Governor Baker signed a new law governing trade secrets, broadening the types of information that can qualify as a trade secret and setting up protections for trade secrets during litigation.  By the passage of this law, Massachusetts joins the vast majority of states in adopting the Uniform Trade Secrets law.  Governor Baker also signed a law placing significant restrictions on non-compete clauses in employee agreements, including limits on scope and time and requirements that an ex-employee be compensated during the time the former employee is restricted.  A summary of these laws can be found here.

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