Shruti Gurudanti, Rose Law Group partner and corporate transactions director comments on: Healthcare winners and losers after FTC bans noncompete agreements

By Forbes

With a single ruling, the Federal Trade Commission removed the nation’s occupational handcuffs, freeing almost all U.S. workers from non-compete clauses. The medical profession will never be the same.

On April 23, the FTC issued a final rule, affecting not only new hires but also the 30 million Americans currently tethered to non-compete agreements. Scheduled to take effect in September—subject to the outcome of legal challenges by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups—the ruling will dismantle longstanding barriers that have kept healthcare professionals from changing jobs.

The FTC projects that eliminating these clauses will boost medical wages, foster greater competition, stimulate job creation and reduce health expenditures by $74 billion to $194 billion over the next decade. This comes at a crucial moment for American healthcare, an industry in which 60% of physicians report burnout and 100 million people (41% of U.S. adults) are saddled with medical bills they cannot afford.


“It’s important to note that the FTC’s final rule does not apply to non-competition agreements entered into by a seller pursuant a bona fide business sale.”
-Shruti Gurudanti, Rose Law Group partner and corporate transactions director

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