President Joe Biden will issue a forthcoming executive order that calls on the Federal Trade Commission to curtail worker non-compete agreements as part of a broader set of executive actions aimed at increasing competition in the labor market.
The order is expected to be signed and released in the coming days and will fulfill Biden’s “campaign promise to promote competition in labor markets,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
Biden will also call on the FTC to ban “unnecessary” occupational licensing requirements, Psaki added.
“While occupational licensing can serve important health and safety concerns, unnecessary or overly burdensome licensing can lock people out of jobs,” she elaborated.
Biden will also encourage the FTC and the Department of Justice to work together to limit employers’ rights to share worker pay information in ways that could negatively impact workers.