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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 30, 2020 02:14 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Non-Compete Provisions in Broadcast Contracts
In the near future I intend to introduce legislation that would prohibit the non-compete provision in broadcast contracts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I was recently approached by constituents that have been directly impacted by this issue.

It is my understanding that Personal Service Contracts (PSCs) in the broadcasting industry can often include language that limits and sometimes even prohibits Radio and Television employees from switching jobs at the conclusion of their contracts. Non-compete clauses are usually applied to address internal confidential information. These clauses often force an employee to choose between a lower paying wage to stay with their current employer or leave the community and move outside of the area of non-compete geographic limitation. The PA Freedom to Compete Bill would make the non-compete clauses unenforceable in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

It is important to acknowledge that employers and employees would still honor their personal contracts, however at the end of said contract, the employee has the liberty to renegotiate a new contract or move to a new employment opportunity elsewhere without the restrictions of the non-compete.

Please join me as a co-sponsor for this important legislative initiative.

Introduced as HB2366