It is not uncommon for an employer to require their employees sign a non-compete agreement or non-solicitation agreement. These agreements are meant to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests. An employer invests a substantial amount of resources in training an employee and trusts them with confidential business information including trade secrets. A properly executed non-compete agreement should include reasonable restrictions that protect their interests while allowing the employee opportunity to accept employment at another company.
Common restrictions covered in a non-compete agreement include:
- Trade secrets and other confidential business information
- Relationships with specific existing customers, or potential customers
- Specialized training
- Goodwill of customers in relation to trademarks, marketing areas and other related issues
In some cases, non-compete agreements can be difficult to enforce, particularly if the terms are not reasonable or specific, or if the employer has engaged in unlawful activity such as discrimination or breach of contract, for example.
An experienced non-compete lawyer can advise either an employer or employee on their rights. The Bourassa Law Group can review your agreement, evaluate the circumstances and determine the proper course of action.