The right to Life, Liberty, and Freedom from Non-Compete Agreements

Posted by Andy Singleton on July 4, 2011 09:34:00 AM

In honor of our declaration of independence and its assertion that all men are endowed "with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," I have updated our jobs page with the following note:

"Assembla does not use non-compete agreements. We want you to succeed in your career during and after your time with Assembla."

Non-compete agreements are a hot topic in Massachusetts, where many think that they are not only unfair to employees, but that they also stifle innovation and hold back job creation and company creation in the state.  Scott Kirsner restated his criticism in a newspaper article today, and there is even an "Alliance for Open Competition" that lists VC and industry supporters of a ban on non-competes.

However, many who say they support a ban STILL USE NONCOMPETE CLAUSES in their employement and work contracts.  I challenge them to go to their Web sites this week and add a statement that says "<my organization> does not use non-compete agreements."

We have heard about the great espresso machine, the foosball, the office dog, the free lunch, etc.  Is that what is important, or is it more important to support the future careers of the people that work so hard for your company?

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Andy SingletonWorking on Continuous Agile and Accelerating Innovation, Assembla CEO and startup founder

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