About one-quarter of jobs today require some kind of licensing by state governments, up from 5 percent in the ’50s. Some of the oversight is crucial for public safety and well-being. You want your doctor to be licensed, and probably your accountant. But a hairdresser? Florists?
Amazon does it. So do Jimmy John’s and many other companies. They require new employees to sign noncompete clauses, a practice now being pushed on low-income workers, limiting their freedom in the labor market.
It was 4 a.m., but Chuck Millison, OMBA ’15, was awake, attending class with his MBA cohorts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. They were stateside, while Millison was in Qatar. Sometimes he was in Afghanistan or Jordan or Kuwait, but he stayed connected to his studies, thanks to the Smith Online MBA Program.