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Washington Voids Most Non-Compete Agreements

Last week, Jay Inslee, the Washington state governor, signed House Bill 1450 which voids most non-compete agreements in Washington state. The law also prohibits francihisors from enforcing non-solicitation clauses. Here is a quick summary of what the law does and does not do, how it may be challenged in the courts, and how it will affect franchisees operating in Washington state or with Washington state based employees.