- The governor vetoed the noncompete ban bill, calling for modifications that would prohibit employers from imposing noncompete agreements on middle class and low-wage workers.
- Given New York’s “highly competitive economic climate,” she noted, “the Legislation’s one-size-fits-all approach” could not meet companies’ legitimate interests.
- The governor reiterated her commitment to “banning non-compete agreements for anyone making below the median wage in New York.”
New York lawmakers had passed a noncompete ban in June 2023 and delivered it to the governor on December 12, 2023. In vetoing the bill, Governor Hochul noted that she has “long supported limits on non-compete agreements for middle-class and low-wage workers, protecting them from unfair practices that would limit their ability to earn a living.”
She further emphasized that, in connection with the bill, her “top priority was to protect middle-class and low-wage earners, while allowing New York’s businesses to retain highly compensated talent. New York has a highly competitive economic climate and is home to many different industries.”
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