19 Aug MOVE Act
On June 3, 2015, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), along with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), introduced a new bill to help lower-wage workers seek higher-paying jobs without fearing legal action from their current employer.
The Mobility and Opportunity for Vulnerable Employees (MOVE) Act will ban the use of non-compete agreements for employees making less than $15 an hour, or the minimum wage in the employee’s municipality—whichever rate is higher. The bill also requires employers to disclose to prospective employees above those thresholds when they may be asked to sign a non-compete agreement upon taking a job. These type of agreements can prevent workers from finding new jobs in their industry.
Research shows that about one-in-ten low-wage workers are required to sign non-compete agreements in an effort to dissuade those workers from seeking better, higher-paying jobs within the same industry. This unfair use of non-compete agreements can have a chilling effect on the upward economic mobility of low-wage workers and stifles their ability to climb out of poverty. By outlawing the use of non-compete agreements for low-wage workers, the MOVE Act will help remove barriers for those currently stuck in their low-wage jobs so they can work for a better life for themselves and their families.