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NY Legal News Site To Halt Use Of Non-Compete Agreements

A legal news site has agreed to stop requiring reporters and other employees to sign non-compete agreements under a deal reached with New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

In the legal settlement announced by Schneiderman's office on Wednesday, Law360 also agrees to notify current and former employees that the non-compete agreements they signed are no longer in effect.

Schneiderman's office says the company required reporters, editors, researchers and entry-level news assistants to sign non-compete agreements as a condition of employment.

Non-compete agreements are typically not permitted in the state, except in limited cases covering trade secrets or workers with specialized skills.

A message left with the New York City-based publisher of Law360 was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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