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Non-Compete Agreements

Employment agreements often include non-compete clauses (also referred to as covenants not to compete) in which the employee agrees not to enter into a similar profession or to start a business that could compete against the employer within a certain geographic area and a specific time period.

Employers use non-compete clauses due to the possibility that, upon resignation or termination from the current employer, the employee may begin to work for a competitor or start their own business.  The former employee could gain a competitive advantage because they know their former employer’s operations, trade secrets, confidential information (such as customer/client lists), business practices and marketing plans.

A non-compete clause often prevents a former employee from future employment opportunities and impacts their ability to earn a living.

Courts closely examine non-compete covenants in employment agreements to determine whether the burden that the clause placed on the former employee is unreasonable.

Our lawyers can help you to evaluate an employment agreement that contains a non-compete agreement.  It is important that you understand the restrictions that will be enforced in that agreement before you sign it.

If you would like to have your employment agreement reviewed by an attorney or if you have questions about the enforceability of a non-compete clause, contact Ed Feinstein or Deborah Marcuse, who lead the firm’s employment team.  One of the firm’s employment lawyers will review and explain the terms of the agreement.

 

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