- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg says lawmakers should take up the issue of “non-compete” clauses during the first six months of the next legislative session.

Rosenberg said in a tweet Wednesday that the House and Senate should begin working on a final bill as soon as formal sessions resume in January.

Non-compete clauses in employment contracts limit the ability of workers to leave a company and immediately work for a competing firm, or start their own.

The two chambers were unable to hammer out a final compromise bill before the July 31 deadline. The House wanted to limit non-compete clauses to 12 months, while the Senate was pushing for a three month limit.

Companies defend non-competes as necessary to protect intellectual property. Critics say they stifle entrepreneurship.

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