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How do non-compete agreements impact employees and employers?

Non-compete agreements, also known as covenants not to compete, are common in many professions. These agreements bar employees from working within a specific industry for a certain period of time after leaving their job. Non-competes can also place limitations on what areas of the country a person can work. According to a recent New York Times article titled To Compete Better, States Are Trying To Curb Non-compete Pacts, roughly 30 million workers, or about 20% of the workforce, sign non-compete agreements as a condition of their employment.

What is 'continuous for-cause employment'?

A recent Maryland Court of Appeals case asked the court "to re-examine the contours of the firmly established doctrine of at-will employment." The court was asked to look at a written contract that contained "a for-cause provision but no definite term of employment."

After rejecting non-compete, she went to competitor and got sued

Competition among Maryland gambling houses has become increasingly heated in recent months. Baltimore's Horseshoe casino is a recent entry in the business, ratcheting up pressure on the Maryland Live casino just a few miles away.  

Tax case puts spotlight on severance pay

The United States Supreme Court will hear a highly influential case having to do with severance payments for employees. Specifically, the case deals with the tax status of these payments and whether or not they are considered "wages" for purposes of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. FICA taxes fund Social Security and Medicaire.

Frederick Community College reveals former president's severance

Back in February, Frederick Community College announced that its new president had departed the institution due to "philosophical differences." The man, who had served only about six months as the community college's president, left his post after the college's board of trustees held a closed meeting on Jan. 3.

Is Maryland doing away with non-compete agreements?

Several months ago, a bill was introduced in the Maryland legislature that would greatly restrict the enforcement of non-compete agreements. While that bill has yet to be passed into law, several other states have now introduced similar legislation, which suggests that the idea of outlawing non-compete agreements is becoming more and more popular in various parts of the country.

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