What Happens at Work Stays at Work – The California Employer’s Approach To A National Program for Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secret Protection

In This Presentation:

The California Landscape: A Refresher

- Post-Termination Non-Competes

– Unenforceable under Bus. & Prof. Code §16600 and Edwards v. Arthur Andersen

– Other jurisdictions may allow if reasonably necessary to protect legitimate business interests and if reasonable in time and geographical scope

– Designating another state's law as controlling will not override CA public policy

– The “race to the courthouse”

- Excerpt from Post-Termination Non-Competes:

Non-competes may be enforceable IF:

– Qualifies under sale or dissolution of business ownership exception

– During employment

– For non-solicitation of customers and employees if necessary to protect trade secrets

..Caution: Edwards v. Arthur Anderson did not rule on the “trade secret exception”; subsequent CA and federal courts in flux

– Contained in an ERISA plan (preemption)

– Garden Leave -- not yet tested in CA

– Legitimate forum selection and choice of law clauses.

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