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Expert Forums: FTC proposes nationwide ban on non-competes
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a rule that would ban non-competes for almost all workers in the U.S.

Our expert panel will discuss the current landscape, what the rule says, what the impact will be on employers, what the timeline might be for implementation, the implications for non-disclosure agreements and other restrictive covenants, what alternatives the FTC might consider, and what businesses can do.


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Alexandra (Alex) Grande
Partner @Holland & Hart
Alex Grande is a civil and employment litigator and partner at Holland & Hart. She advises employers through all phases of the employment relationship, providing guidance regarding state and federal workforce compliance issues and counseling clients on employment-related documents and policies. If a dispute escalates, she represents employers in court and before state and federal agencies. Alex received her B.A. magna cum laude from the College of Idaho and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Idaho College of Law.
Nick Smith
Professor @University of Idaho College of Law
Nick Smith joined the law school faculty in 2022 as the director of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic and assistant professor of law. He earned a J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif. He earned a B.A. in linguistics from Brigham Young University. Professor Smith was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His private practice experience focused on business and real estate transactions. He started his private practice career at Idaho’s oldest and largest law firm prior to founding his own firm. From 2016 to 2018, he lived in American Samoa, where he worked for a general business law firm. Immediately prior to joining the faculty, Professor Smith was an associate general counsel of a Boise-based technology company that went public during his tenure there.
Rhiannon Albert (SHRM-CP, PHR)
Owner & HR Advisor @My Trusted HR
Rhiannon Albert, Owner of My Trusted HR a fractional HR Advisement Service is an experienced Human Resources Professional with over 22 years experience serving multiple corporate industries. Rhiannon is passionate about people, partnering with business owners to deliver trusted HR advice & solutions. Rhiannon is certified with both the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She currently serves as a Trusted Advisor with Vistage and has served 3 years advancing the profession of HR as a Board Member for the Human Resources of the Treasure Valley (HRATV). Rhiannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Idaho, where she served as VP of Administration for SHRM. Years later she was asked to serve on the University of Idaho’s Department of Business Advisory Board, where she served for 7 years, affecting curriculum.