March 30, 2023 Less than a minute read

Missouri Chamber defends employers’ right to enforce non-competes

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is opposing legislation that would harm employers’ ability to protect themselves through non-compete clauses.

 This week, the House Special Committee on Public Policy heard HB 1394, which would prohibit non-compete agreements for health care workers in the state.

The Missouri Chamber testified against this inference in the free market economy.

“Businesses invest a lot to bring in really talented individuals to join their teams, and we want to make sure that they’re able to protect that investment,” said Heidi Sutherland, director of legislative affairs for the Missouri Chamber.

Health care systems Mercy, CoxHealth and BJC HealthCare also spoke in opposition to the bill.

“This is a free market discussion between two individuals that we believe isn’t best fit to be addressed by a legislature or a statute,” said Brent Hemphill on behalf of BJC HealthCare. “We spend a lot of time and investment in our physicians in underserved areas, and so we do have a vested interest in ensuring that we have the ability to care for folks in those urban areas.”

For more information, contact Heidi Sutherland at or 573-634-3511.


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