Cameron Hansen
Austin/Houston Employment Trial Lawyer Cameron Hansen

As a plaintiff’s employment attorney, I have seen firsthand the frustrating
impact that non-compete agreements can have on employees. These
agreements often place significant restrictions on employees’ ability to
move freely in their careers and can limit their opportunities for growth
and advancement. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent
announcement on a final rule banning non-compete agreements,
therefore, represents a significant step forward for employees in Texas
and across the country.
Understanding Non-Compete Agreements
Non-compete agreements are contracts that restrict employees from
working in certain industries, for specific companies, or within a
particular geographic area after leaving a job. Employers argue that
these agreements protect their business interests, such as trade secrets
and confidential information. However, these agreements can also stifle
employees’ career progression and limit their ability to earn a living.
The typical non-compete agreement prohibits an employee from
working in the same field as their previous employer for a set period,
often ranging from six months to two years. These agreements may
also define specific geographic boundaries where the employee is
prohibited from seeking employment with a competitor.
The FTC’s Final Rule on Non-Compete Agreements
The FTC’s final rule on non-compete agreements bans employers from
entering into, enforcing, or threatening to enforce non-compete clauses
with their workers. This rule extends to employees at all levels, from
hourly workers to senior executives, with very limited exceptions. The
FTC’s rule is designed to promote competition and provide greater
flexibility for workers to pursue opportunities that align with their skills
and career goals.
The rule aims to increase job mobility for employees and encourage a
fair and competitive job market. By eliminating non-compete
agreements, workers can switch jobs more freely, taking advantage of

better career opportunities without fear of litigation from a former
Significantly, the Rule is not scheduled to take effect until September 4,

  1. This date may be delayed or changed as legal challenges to the
    Rule are filed with Courts.
    What the Rule Means for Texas Employees
    For employees in Texas, the FTC’s final rule is a significant victory. It

means that workers will no longer be held back by restrictive non-
compete agreements that limit their ability to pursue better job

opportunities. Instead, they can freely seek new employment
opportunities without fear of legal repercussions.
The rule is expected to have a positive impact on wages and job
satisfaction for Texas workers. By enabling employees to seek new jobs
more easily, businesses will freely compete for talent by offering higher
wages and better working conditions.
The rule also levels the playing field for small businesses and startups
in Texas. By removing non-compete clauses, smaller companies will be
better able to compete with larger corporations for talent. This could
lead to increased innovation and economic growth in the state.
Navigating the Legal Landscape
While the FTC’s rule provides a clear directive, employers and
employees should be aware that the rule may face legal challenges and
interpretation in courts. In fact, a trade group has already challenged the
Rule in Court, and that lawsuit is expected by many to be appealed all
the way to the Supreme Court for a final decision on whether the ban

will stay in effect or not. Texas courts have traditionally enforced non-
compete agreements more readily than other states, which could lead to

potential conflicts with the FTC’s rule.
Employees should stay informed about the latest legal developments
related to non-compete agreements. In the meantime, it is crucial for
employees to seek legal advice to navigate this evolving legal
landscape and understand how the FTC’s rule may affect their specific
situation. If you have been asked to sign a non-compete agreement,

previously signed a non-compete agreement, or are being threatened
by an employer regarding a non-compete agreement, reach out to us
here, and we help you use the FTC’s new Rule to navigate your
The FTC’s final rule on non-compete agreements is a significant step
forward for employees in Texas. It empowers workers to pursue new
opportunities and promotes competition in the state’s economy. As a
plaintiff’s employment attorney, I believe this rule will lead to a more
dynamic and equitable workforce in Texas, benefiting both employees
and businesses alike. Reach out to us here for legal advice on how to
best use the FTC’s new Rule to navigate your situation.
This post is intended to provide general information only and should not be taken as legal advice. If you are facing a situation involving non-compete agreements or other employment issues, seek out a qualified attorney to address your specific situation.

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  1. What do you like most about being an employment lawyer?

I chose to practice law representing employees because I feel that my work makes a tangible difference in the lives of my clients and their loved ones. When clients come to me, they

  1. What do you like most about being an employment lawyer?

I chose to practice law representing employees because I feel that my work makes a tangible difference in the lives of my clients and their loved ones. When clients come to me, they are often in a situation they had never imaged they would face, with uncertain financial and professional futures as well as broken trust and respect. It gives me great fulfillment to lend a helping hand to those individuals and empower them to move on to the next stage of their working life with dignity and reassurance.

2. What is the most important issue to you of being an advocate?

The most significant aspect of advocating for my clients, to me, is listening. I was not present for the events that lead my client to seek me out, nor can I tell them exactly what would be the best outcome going forward for them, personally. For that reason, every aspect of representation for me begins with listening to my clients experiences, concerns, and goals so that I can make the best case for the outcome that would help them most.

  1. What would you say to HR of a company about how to treat employees?

If I was speaking to an HR professional, I would tell them that the most important characteristic when working with employees is cooperation. If an employee can work in a stable and supportive working environment, not only will they be personally fulfilled, but will be better able to perform their work for the Company. Everyone wins!

4. What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is a Döner Kebab, which is similar to a Greek Gyro with a Turkish/German influence.

5. What’s the best part of living in (current city)?

The best part of living in Austin is the vibrant mix of people, cultures, and activities. Not only is it an urban city with live music and shows, but it is also a southern city with great bbq and line dancing, and easy access to hikes, swims and camping.

6. Why did you start practicing labor and employment law?

Having grown up going to school on a U.S. Air Force Base in Germany, I was lucky enough to exposed to a vasty different employment environment from that in the States. There, I often spoke with my neighbor, the equivalent of a union representative at the local Audi factor, about his representation of line-workers to Audi’s management. Over time, I gained a perspective which values cooperation, accountability and respect in the work place that not only encourages employees more sustainable work, but a more powerful workplace generally. Through my work on behalf of employees now, I hope to foster that attitude toward employers’ relationships with their workers in America as well.

7.     What do you do when you’re not practicing law?

When I’m not practicing law, I enjoy being outdoors! I spend a lot of time at dog parks and trails with my Pitbull-mix, Dewey. I also play on several recreational soccer teams and enjoy biking around Austin’s trails. When the weather is right, I also enjoy camping, hiking and swimming.

8.     What’s your favorite legal movie

A Few Good Men

9.     Who’s your favorite judge?

My favorite Judge is the one that reads all the briefs and keeps an open mind!