New Illinois law bans noncompetition agreements for low-wage workers

Dec 21, 2016

The Illinois Freedom to Work Act, which will ban noncompetition agreements for low-wage private-sector employees, goes into effect on January 1, 2017.

The law defines a “low-wage employee” as an employee who earns the greater of the applicable federal, state, or local minimum wage or $13 per hour. Therefore, the law initially will apply to noncompetition agreements with employees earning $13 per hour or less.

The complete article originally appeared on

Steve Brenneman HeadshotThis article was written by Steven L. Benneman who is a partner at Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP and an editor of the Illinois Employment Law Letter. He can be reached at [email protected].