FTC Non-Compete Ban: What Every Business Needs to Know


May 14 2024


10:30 am - 11:45 am


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On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission voted to ban most forms of noncompete agreements from employment contracts nationwide with retroactive effect – a decision with major implications for the business community.

Join us for a FREE webinar with Erin J. McLaughlin, Shareholder and Member of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Labor & Employment Group, who will discuss what this ruling means for businesses and steps you can take to protect your trade secrets and employees; and Sean Heather, Senior Vice President of International Regulatory Affairs & Antitrust at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who will provide insight into the U.S. Chamber’s lawsuit to block the FTC’s rule.

Virtual Platform: Zoom

Price: Free


Erin J. McLaughlin, a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, handles complex employment matters and provides strategic, day-to-day guidance to employers on their personnel matters. Erin helps her clients in numerous industries with employment litigation, litigation avoidance, effective employee training, and positive employee relations. 

Throughout her career, Erin has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® consistently since 2016 under the Employment Law – Management in Litigation – Labor and Employment categories and recognized by Chambers USA as an up-and-coming Labor & Employment lawyer in Pennsylvania in 2023.

Erin works with clients in the technology services, higher education, oil and gas, telecommunications, hospitality, healthcare, pharmaceutical sales, construction, transportation, sports, retail, manufacturing, gaming and entertainment, financial services, retail, and nonprofit industries. In addition to her private sector clients, Erin works with universities, local authorities, municipalities, and public schools.

Erin is a frequent lecturer on various employment topics at conferences across the country, such as the Pennsylvania Society for Human Resource Management’s Annual State Conference, and is a contributing author to well-regarded publications such as the Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook.


Sean Heather is senior vice president for International Regulatory Affairs and Antitrust at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He leads the Chamber’s Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC), which seeks to align trade, regulatory, and competition policy in support of open and competitive markets, and oversees the organization’s antitrust policy on behalf of its members.

On the international level, Heather directs policy related to data governance, cross-border data flows, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and other emerging regulatory frameworks related to the digital transformation of the economy. His efforts focus on advancing sound regulatory practices as the foundation of better regulation and cooperation across jurisdictions. In addition, he is responsible for policy related to foreign direct investment and investment screening.

Heather has made significant contributions to update trade disciplines that address issues ranging from digital trade and regulatory cooperation to competition policy and state-owned enterprises.

Heather has held a variety of positions during his long career at the Chamber. He served in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division and was head of the Chamber’s regional office in Chicago.

Before joining the Chamber, Heather worked for the Illinois comptroller and with several political campaigns across the state. He holds an undergraduate degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

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