On May 8, 2019, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed new legislation (referred to as the “Washington noncompete law”) that puts tighter restrictions on noncompetition agreements. Family-owned businesses should take particular note of this new law – which goes into effect on January 1, 2020 – and its more restrictive terms that may affect their business. Under the new law, noncompete agreements are unenforceable for workers making $100,000 or less in earnings per year. The new law also forbids employers from restricting moonlighting activities for workers making less than twice the state’s minimum hourly wage ($13.50 per hour starting January 1, 2020 or approximately $56,000 per year).