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What We Know About Non-Competes and How States Are Addressing Them

A virtual event exploring new findings and policies on a key aspect of the labor market

June 22, 2023 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. CT
Virtual video event

What We Know About Non-Competes and How States Are Addressing Them
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We invite you to join us June 22 for a virtual convening about recent evidence and state action on non-compete agreements. The event will provide practitioners with new information about this key aspect of the labor market and how it affects the experiences of low- and moderate-income workers. We are excited to share these new findings, as we believe that better understanding how the labor market functions for workers is a key part of the Minneapolis Fed’s mission of pursuing an economy that works for all of us.

Minneapolis Fed staff will begin the conversation by presenting findings from the Federal Reserve Board’s newly released Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking, or SHED. The presentation will provide information on who has non-competes and how the new data can help us better understand their experiences. Next, a panel of subject matter experts from Illinois and Colorado will discuss their home states’ recent changes in non-compete rules and how those policy changes are affecting workers and employers. The panelists will also have a chance to respond to findings from the new data and discuss whether it resonates with their on-the-ground observations.

We hope you will join us for this important conversation!

Speakers include:

  • Jane Flanagan, Illinois Department of Labor
  • Jeffrey Glass, Amundsen Davis
  • Mary Hogan, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Ryan Nunn, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • David Seligman, Towards Justice
  • Alene Tchourumoff, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Event Details

Virtual video event

Event Agenda

Thursday, June 22, 2023

9:00 a.m.–9:05 a.m. CT Welcome, Overview, and Introductions
Alene Tchourumoff, Community Development and Engagement, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
9:05 a.m.–9:25 a.m. CT New Findings from the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking, or SHED
Mary Hogan, Community Development and Engagement, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Ryan Nunn, Community Development and Engagement, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
9:25 a.m.–10:15 a.m. CT Panel: Recent State Actions on Non-Competes
Panelists:
Jane Flanagan, Illinois Department of Labor
Jeffrey Glass, Amundsen Davis
David Seligman, Towards Justice
Moderator: Ryan Nunn, Community Development and Engagement, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m. CT Questions and Closing Remarks

Presenter Information

Jane Flanagan

Jane Flanagan Director
Illinois Department of Labor

Jane Flanagan is the director of the Illinois Department of Labor. Flanagan was appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker in February 2020. Prior to her appointment, Flanagan was a deputy general counsel and deputy chief compliance officer in the Office of the Illinois Governor, where she supervised legal and regulatory matters across a portfolio of state agencies with a focus on labor standards enforcement, workforce training, and work-related safety net programs. Flanagan is the founder and former chief of the Workplace Rights Bureau in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, where she worked to bring national attention to the use of non-compete agreements for low-wage workers. In her role as chief, Flanagan negotiated four federal consent decrees in labor trafficking in the restaurant industry. Flanagan has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Jeffrey Glass

Jeffrey Glass Partner
Amundsen Davis

Jeffrey Glass is a partner at Amundsen Davis, where he works to be an advocate for businesses and employers throughout the Midwest. Glass focuses his practice on areas related to restrictive covenants, unfair competition and trade secrets, and other employment law matters. He has significant experience in courtroom litigation and works with the firm’s Labor & Employment Benefits Service Group, where he advises employers on state and federal employment law compliance. Glass also represents commercial businesses on matters related to wage/hour disputes, employment contracts, and other administrative issues. His community experience includes service as a board member for Transform Rockford, the Rockford Public Library, the Literacy Council of Rockford, and Next Rockford. Glass received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Mary Hogan

Mary Hogan Senior Policy Analyst, Community Development and Engagement
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Mary Hogan is a senior policy analyst in the Community Development and Engagement Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where she focuses on labor market institutions and policies. Prior to joining the Fed in 2022, Hogan worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Senate, and the U.S. Senate. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Social Work degree from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ryan Nunn

Ryan Nunn Assistant Vice President for Applied Research, Community Development and Engagement
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Ryan Nunn leads applied research in Community Development and Engagement at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. His team works to supply policymakers and practitioners with evidence that can inform decision-making and improve outcomes for low- and moderate-income communities.

Before coming to the Bank, Nunn was a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and policy director for the Hamilton Project. Prior to that, he was an economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Nunn’s work has focused on analysis of labor market trends and institutions. He has published research in journals including Labour Economics, the European Economic Review, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Nunn received his undergraduate degree in economics from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. in public policy and economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

David Seligman

David Seligman Executive Director
Towards Justice

David Seligman has been the executive director of Towards Justice since 2018 and previously was litigation counsel with the organization. At Towards Justice, Seligman has litigated several class and collective actions to attack systemic injustices in the labor market. Much of his litigation work focuses on representing people facing challenges at the intersection of consumer, antitrust, and labor standards laws. He has served as lead counsel in the first antitrust case to challenge “no hire” provisions in franchise agreements among fast-food franchisees; cases challenging no-hire agreements, non-compete agreements, and wage fixing; and several cases challenging the misclassification of workers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Seligman was lead counsel or co-lead counsel in several large-scale cases brought by warehouse and meatpacking workers seeking to enforce public health guidance within their workplaces. Prior to his work at Towards Justice, he was a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, working on forced arbitration and predatory auto lending. While there, he authored the Model State Consumer and Employee Justice Enforcement Act, which provides states with tools to mitigate some of the harms that forced arbitration causes low-income consumers and workers. He remains a contributing author for the National Consumer Law Center, where he co-authors the organization’s treatise on the enforceability of forced arbitration clauses and class waivers. Seligman is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School. He is on the board of directors of the People’s Parity Project and is the president of the board of Congregation Rodef Shalom, his synagogue in Denver.

Alene Tchourumoff

Alene Tchourumoff Senior Vice President, Community Development and Engagement
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Alene Tchourumoff, senior vice president of Community Development and the Center for Indian Country Development, leads the Bank’s engagement with communities throughout the Ninth District to promote economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income people and those living in Indian Country. Key focus areas include early childhood development, affordable housing, and labor market participation. Prior to joining the Bank in December 2018, Tchourumoff served as chair of Minnesota’s Metropolitan Council, where she built strong partnerships with local governments and community groups to advance transit, housing, and other critical infrastructure. Previously, she served as Minnesota’s first state rail director, led Hennepin County Public Works’ Planning Department, and worked extensively in China and Southeast Asia on public policy and public health initiatives—including combating HIV/AIDS in China and Vietnam.

Tchourumoff holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University School of Business and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Tchourumoff was named a 2020 Women in Business honoree by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and is a member of the Minnesota State Attorney General’s task force dedicated to improving women’s economic security.