Illinois Ushers In New Restrictions on Non-competes and Non-solicits

On May 31, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Amendments”) that aim to impose significant new restrictions on employee non-compete and non-solicit agreements in Illinois.  Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign the Amendments into law.  If that occurs, the Amendments would take effect on January 1, 2022.  The passage of the Amendments marks another point in the ongoing trend of jurisdictions enacting legislation that limits the use of non-competes and non-solicits with employees.

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