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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2017 12:54 PM
From: Representative Jim Christiana
To: All House members
Subject: Ban on Non-Complete Agreements for Health Care Practitioners

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation which will prevent the use of non-compete agreements in health care practitioner’s employment contracts. This legislation was previously HB 336 of the 2015-16 legislative session.

My legislation would deem any non-compete language in an employment agreement for a health care practitioner to be against public policy. I have heard from health care professionals, who have spent large sums of money on their education and training that they cannot continue to provide care for their patients simply because they have changed employers. These disruptions in care harm patients and result in more health care costs across the state.

The legislation would allow health care practitioners to alert their patients to the new affiliation and allow the patient the option to follow the health care provider to the new location. It would not apply to any additional services provided by the individual outside their scope of practice or to trade secrets or confidential information learned through the course of the prior employment.

If you have any questions or concerns on this legislation, please contact my office at (717)-260-6144. Thank you.

Introduced as HB788