The US is not the only country currently debating a reform of the law on non-competes (see here in relation to Federal law and New York). Notably the UK Government has announced legislation which would limit the duration of non-competes to a period of 3 months after the termination of employment.
Multi-national employers will want to understand the extent to which these developments mark the start of a global trend. That said most European jurisdictions have long-standing restrictions on non-competes and, generally, they have not experienced the more egregious purported excesses that seem to have influenced proposals in the US.
We summarise here both the current rules on enforceability and include details of key proposals for reform.