Employees who sign non-compete agreements with their employers in Massachusetts can be involuntarily let go from the company and still prevented from working until the term of the agreement has expired. This has been the long-standing rule but now there is increasing discussion among employment lawyers and pundits, not to mention actual draft legislation, to change the process and provide at least fractional salary for restricted employees. Cases of abuse or over-use of restrictive covenants such as the enforcement of non-compete agreements for some fast food workers and summer camp counselors reflect that agreements may be a little too convenient for employers and should be regulated more. Employment lawyer Kimberly A. Alley forwards this Boston Globe article with more information.