Connecticut set to loosen physician noncompete requirements: 5 things to know

The Connecticut Legislature has passed a bill amending the state's physician noncompete statute, attorney Justin Theriault of law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. wrote in an article published by JDSupra on June 12. 

Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to sign the bill, the article said.

Here are five things to know should the bill become law, as projected:

1. Physician noncompetes entered into or amended on or after July 1, 2016, now may last no longer than a year or extend beyond a 15-mile radius from their primary site of practice.

2. These noncompetes are enforceable only if they are necessary to protect a legitimate business interest, are limited in time or scope and are consistent with the law and public policy. 

3. Noncompetes are barred if the agreement is expired and not renewed or if the employment is terminated by the employer without cause. 

4. Noncompetes entered or amended on or after Oct. 1 will also not be enforceable if the physician does not agree to the proposed change to the compensation terms. 

5. These additions do not apply to group practices of fewer than 35 physicians if the majority ownership of the group is composed of physicians. 

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