It should be noted here that non-disclosure agreements are still permitted, so an employee could still be made to sign an agreement preventing them from using proprietary information, client lists, etc., but these are far less restrictive.

The goal of most non-competes, see the example of Jimmy John's requiring noncompete agreements from its sandwich makers is to chain the worker to the employer, not to protect trade secrets.

This is unambiguously good news, and benefits the workers and the nation.