Utah Lawmakers Send Media Noncompete Changes To Governor

Mar 8, 2018

TV stations would only be able to use noncompete contracts for staff members who earn more than $47,500 a year under a proposal passed by lawmakers — and now awaiting the governor's signature.

The state House on Monday approved the Senate's changes to the bill, sending it to Gov. Gary Herbert for consideration.

Herbert's spokesman Paul Edwards says the governor will "carefully consider the potential unintended consequences" of the measure.

Noncompete contracts prevent employees from going to work for a competitor for a prescribed period of time. Utah law limits the time to one year.

Utah's major TV stations oppose the measure, arguing they invest thousands of dollars into the promotion and development of on-air personalities.