Why do I have to sign a non compete agreement?

Why do I have to sign a non compete agreement?

Consider what your job at the company entailed. Non-compete agreements exist to protect trade secrets, or to protect business relations. The company has you sign a non-compete agreement because they’re worried you’ll take their clients to your new company, or use the trade secrets you learned and use them to benefit the new company.

What happens if you violate a non compete clause?

Like all legal agreements, a non-compete clause is only as meaningful as a court’s willingness to enforce it. If you violate your non-compete clause, your employer can take the matter to court (although not all do so).

Who is exempt from a non compete agreement?

In some states such as Tennessee and Texas, non-compete agreements are permitted but physicians are exempt from them. A few states exempt some other employees such as nurses and broadcasters. Attorneys are exempt from non-competes in all 50 states under the ABA’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

When to consult an attorney for a non-compete agreement?

Another time to consult an attorney: If you’re asked to sign a non-compete as a condition of getting severance when you’re being terminated. In fact, it’s useful to get legal advice before signing anything during a layoff or termination.

What does it mean to sign a non-compete agreement?

A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employee and employer. A non-compete prohibits an employee from engaging in a business that competes with his/her current employer’s business. While an employer cannot require you to sign a non-compete, they may terminate, or choose not to hire you if you refuse to sign.

How can I get Out of a non-compete contract?

Showing that the agreement is not related to a legitimate business interest is the most effective way of getting out of a non-compete contract. The goal of any non-compete agreement is to protect trade secrets.

Do you need a lawyer for a non-compete agreement?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer would depend on how reasonable the terms of the non-compete agreement are. Each case is different, and each state handles non-compete agreements differently, so seek legal counsel if you’re unsure.

Are there any States where non compete agreements are illegal?

Some, like California, have deemed them illegal except in the sale of a business or a shareholder’s stock or dissolution of a partnership. Others, like Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Arkansas, allow reasonable agreements but will invalidate contracts that are too broad.

Consider what your job at the company entailed. Non-compete agreements exist to protect trade secrets, or to protect business relations. The company has you sign a non-compete agreement because they’re worried you’ll take their clients to your new company, or use the trade secrets you learned and use them to benefit the new company.

In some states such as Tennessee and Texas, non-compete agreements are permitted but physicians are exempt from them. A few states exempt some other employees such as nurses and broadcasters. Attorneys are exempt from non-competes in all 50 states under the ABA’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

Why are non-compete and non-disclosure documents important?

These documents are designed to protect proprietary information and the company itself if an employee were to leave the company to work for a competitor. Lately, NDAs and non-competes have been getting a bit of a bad reputation.

When to call HR about a non-compete agreement?

Yes – you should call their HR, nobody here knows how they want this answered. But it could be a possible deal breaker if they don’t think your position is worth negotiating you out of a non-compete. So they have to be informed that it does not apply here.