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Employers are increasingly requiring their employees to sign non-competes in all types of jobs throughout various industries.
Non-compete clauses generally specify three major areas: the geographic area where the employee may or may not work; the range of the services, roles, and skills that can or cannot be used for a competitor; and the total time duration of the clause to be in effect. To be enforceable, a non-compete clause must protect a legitimate business interest of the employer, such as trade secrets, confidential information, and customer relations. When non-competes are written fairly, they strike an important balance between the employer’s right to protect its assets and intellectual property with the employee's right to work. Unfortunately, too many non-compete agreements heavily favor the employer.
If you are looking for a new job and are being asked to sign a non-compete agreement, you'll need to take some time to evaluate the pros and cons of signing it. Elzer Law Firm, LLC can review your proposed non-compete and advise you on whether to sign it. We can also discuss whether to try to negotiate a more favorable non-compete agreement before you sign anything.
If you already signed a non-compete and are now looking to make a move that may be in violation of that agreement, please contact us for a consultation. Not all non-compete agreements are enforceable. Attorney Christine T. Elzer has experience litigating non-compete cases, and has had courts issue orders against their enforcement.