Noncompete agreements, once restricted to tech workers and high-level executives, have become commonplace among ordinary workers, including security guards, home health aides or hair stylists. If history is any guide, the spread of these contracts could have far-reaching negative implications.
Most businesses have jobs to fill, but can't hire the people to fill them. Paying more would help. But a better quality of life could be the best weapon for a small business to compete in this tough labor environment.