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Vincent Boland: Banning non-compete clauses would mean open season for poaching specialised staff

A US ruling sounds good in principle but would be unhelpful in practice and remove the right of companies and their employees to forge their own deals

US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, left, with Lina Khan, chair, Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In April the FTC banned non-compete clauses from the workplace, but the backlash has begun. Picture: Getty