Massachusetts Governor Proposes Sweeping Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements

By | Trading Secrets | April 18, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Proposes Sweeping Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed sweeping legislation that would eliminate employee non-compete agreements in Massachusetts.  While it remains to be seen whether this bill will actually become law, employers should be aware of the potential implications of this far-reaching bill, and should implement steps sooner rather than later to protect their trade secrets and confidential information should non-competes become unenforceable in the Commonwealth.

H-1B Cap Reached Again, but Employers May Have Options to Keep Foreign Employees Working

By | Employer Law Report | April 18, 2014
H-1B Cap Reached Again, but Employers May Have Options to Keep Foreign Employees Working

This year brings more bad news for employers who filed H-1B petitions for foreign workers beginning on April 1, 2014.  On April 10, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received about 172,500 H-1B petitions, far above the 85,000 H-1B visas available each year (65,000 being available for bachelor degree-level graduates, with an additional 20,000 available for advanced degree graduates of American universities).