WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ -- The recently signed Broadcast Employees Freedom to Work Act in New York is an important step in bolstering the rights of broadcast employees by lifting restrictions on their flexibility to find new jobs when they leave an employer, said the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, a sector of the Communications Workers of America. The legislation, recently signed by Governor David Paterson, bans "non-compete" restrictions in employment contracts that prohibit workers from finding new jobs with a competitor in the same market or within a particular timeframe. NABET-CWA has been pressing for the legislation for several years, said union president John S. Clark, and he singled out an officer of Local 25 in Buffalo for special credit in spearheading the lobbying effort. "Broadcast industry workers in New York State should be grateful to Local Vice President Bob Hellwitz for his tireless commitment to passing this law," Clark said. Clark noted that non-compete clauses often force workers to uproot families and relocate in order to find new jobs. Paterson said when he signed the bill: "The contract provisions we're banning placed an unfair burden on these professionals by limiting their ability to move to other employers. We hope to empower broadcasters with greater independence as they pursue employment options."
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