Reminder: Amendments to Colorado Noncompete Regulation Take Impact As we speak

As we have now beforehand reported, the Colorado Meeting handed sweeping modifications to the state’s noncompete legislation that, amongst different issues, (1) set compensation flooring for enforcement of each noncompetes ($101,250) and buyer non-solicitation agreements ($60,750), which will likely be adjusted yearly primarily based on inflation; (2) require a separate, standalone discover to workers earlier than a brand new or potential employee accepts a proposal of employment, or at the very least 14 days earlier than the sooner of: (a) the efficient date of the restrictions, or (b) the efficient date of any further compensation or modifications within the phrases or circumstances of employment that gives consideration for the restriction, for present employees; and (3) prohibit the inclusion of out-of-state choice-of-law and venue provisions. These amendments take impact right now, August 10, 2022.

Compliance with these amendments is much more necessary resulting from a previous modification, efficient earlier this 12 months, which offers that violations of Colorado’s noncompete legislation can topic employers to prison legal responsibility (a Class 2 misdemeanor, which carries doable punishment of 120 days in jail, a $750 tremendous per violation, or each), in addition to hefty fines and doable injunctive aid and attorneys’ charges to aggrieved employees.

Our prior reporting on the main points of the amendments may be discovered right here:

  • Solely One Month Till Dramatic Adjustments in Colorado’s Restrictive Covenants Regulation (July 12, 2022)
  • Colorado Continues Its Crackdown on Restrictive Covenants (Might 19, 2022)
  • Small Change in Colorado Regulation May Have Giant Impact: Criminalizing Restrictive Covenants (January 13, 2022)

Subsequent up is Washington, DC, the place a brand new noncompete legislation will take impact on October 1, 2022. That legislation equally consists of compensation flooring, discover necessities, and different limitations on noncompetes. Keep tuned for extra updates as that date attracts close to.

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