Senior Deputy Majority Leader Narducci Joins State Colleagues for the Signing of Legislation to Protect Workers

City Council Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Joined His Colleagues in State Government

at the Chad Brown Recreation Center for the Signing of Legislation to Protect Workers

Providence City Council Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. (Ward 4) last week joined Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Representative Christopher Blazejewski and other members of the Rhode Island General Assembly for the signing of legislation that bans non-compete agreements for low-wage workers, nonexempt employees, undergraduate and graduate students, and employees age 18-years or younger.

“We are a working-class city, and we need to support our laborers and workforce at all cost,” stated Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. “This legislation will ensure that our workforce has the ability to move up within their chosen careers without fear of violating non-compete agreements that they were forced to sign in previous positions. The law goes into effect in January of 2020 and will protect the diverse workforce and economy of our great city and state.”

Rhode Island House Bill 6019, which updated the General Laws in Title 28 “Labor and Labor Relations” by adding Chapter 28-58 “Rhode Island Noncompetition Agreement Act.” The law does not affect a business’ ability to enter into noncompetition agreements with properly classified independent contractors or place limits on the use of non-solicitation provisions, forfeiture agreements or nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements.

Senior Deputy Majority Leader Narducci Jr. continued, “I was honored to be included in the signing ceremony of this important protection for workers in Rhode Island. I thank the lead sponsor Representative Christopher Blazejewski for pushing this forward.”

Narducci will be introducing a resolution at the November 7, 2019 meeting of the City Council in support of the newly enacted Rhode Island Noncompetition Agreement Act.

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