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New York governor signs broadcast ‘Freedom to Work’ legislation

Gov. David A. Paterson of New York signed the Broadcast Employees Freedom to Work Act, a new law that prohibits restrictions on broadcast employees that limit their flexibility to be hired after leaving a company.

The law prohibits contract provisions that set limits on employment based on certain types of “noncompete” agreements, such as not allowing broadcasters to take another job in a particular region, with a competitor in the same market, or within a defined period of time.

Those provisions, the governor’s office said, forced some broadcasters to move outside of the region to find work and limited others from finding employment in New York — effectively ending some careers.