Debra Katz Discusses New FTC Rule with NPR

January 19, 2023

KBK partner Debra Katz recently sat down with NPR’s Sarah McCammon on “1A” to discuss the FTC’s proposed nationwide ban on noncompete agreements.

It’s estimated that one in five American workers have signed a noncompete agreement, and the practice expands across all sectors of the workforce. Proponents of the rule argue that noncompetes suppress wages and inhibit innovation and competition. Ms. Katz says that while the rule is almost certain to face litigation that could go all the way to the Supreme Court, it still represents a win for American workers.

“I think that the proposed rule does a great public service by raising awareness, and hopefully it will encourage people to weigh in and let the FTC know how their jobs and careers have been really impacted by these kind of onerous provisions,” Ms. Katz said. 

The full interview is available here. Learn more about the FTC’s proposed rule from Rachel Green’s recent blog post.

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