FTC Noncompete Ban Resources

On April 23, 2024, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has implemented a comprehensive ban on post-employment noncompete agreements for workers – with a few narrow exceptions – aiming to enhance labor market competition, increase wages and foster innovation.

The ban encompasses various types of agreements that restrict workers from seeking alternative employment or starting their own businesses.

Watch the webinar: Cooley partner Ryan Vann shares his initial reactions to the ban and what could come next.

What does this mean?

All US post-employment noncompete agreements with workers will be prohibited beginning on the ban’s effective date, which – barring a court ruling delaying or invalidating the ban – is expected to be in late August or early September 2024.

What the rule doesn’t affect:

  • Existing noncompetes with senior executives
  • Nonsolicitation/nondisclosure agreements
  • In-term noncompetes
  • Employers not subject to the FTC Act
  • Franchise contracts or sale of a business

The ban on existing noncompete agreements with senior executives is for those who earn more than $151,164 annually and are in “policy-making positions” – but new agreements with such high-ranking individuals will be subject to the prohibition.

What should employers do?

Employers should hold steady as the ban works its way through the court system, which is likely to take some time. Now is an excellent time for companies to evaluate their use of noncompetes – including weighing the business necessity and availability of alternatives.

Read more here: For a deep dive into the ban as it stands now, check out our alert on the topic.

In the Moment + Up to Date

Sign up to receive timely information on key employment topics, including updates on the Federal Trade Commission’s ban of noncompete agreements.


FTC Passes Sweeping Noncompete Ban
On April 23, 2024, the FTC voted 3 – 2 in favor of banning all post-employment noncompete agreements, which will impact employers across the US. This client alert shares details on how far the ban reaches, the exceptions and notice requirements, as well as how violations may be handled and how some entities have responded to the proposed final rule.


What to Know About the FTC’s Noncompete Ban (On demand)
The FTC noncompete ban is already subject to litigation that could delay implementation or cancel the rule entirely. On April 24, 2024, Cooley partner Ryan Vann discussed the current state of affairs and what to expect for next steps as litigation unfolds.

Additional resources

Cooley GO


This content is provided for general informational purposes only, and your access or use of the content does not create an attorney-client relationship between you or your organization and Cooley LLP, Cooley (UK) LLP, or any other affiliated practice or entity (collectively referred to as “Cooley”). By accessing this content, you agree that the information provided does not constitute legal or other professional advice. This content is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney licensed in your jurisdiction and you should not act or refrain from acting based on this content. This content may be changed without notice. It is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up to date, and it may not reflect the most current legal developments. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Do not send any confidential information to Cooley, as we do not have any duty to keep any information you provide to us confidential. This content may be considered Attorney Advertising and is subject to our legal notices.