Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements

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Utah Passes New Law Placing Restrictions on Noncompetition Agreements

On March 9th, 2016, the Utah Legislature passed a bill, which the governor signed, substantially limiting an employer's ability to use noncompetition covenants to prevent former employees from competing against them. The new...more

Medical Non-Competes in Rhode Island: No Clean Bill of Health

The Rhode Island Superior Court recently refused to enforce a non-compete agreement against a local physician because it was against the public interest. Medicine and Long Term Care Associates, LLC v. Khurshid, PC 2015-0458,...more

Eighth Circuit Decision Suggests Employers May Have An Alternative Option to Using Non-Compete Agreements

A recent Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision suggests another avenue for employers to secure damages from an employee who competes against them after employment ends – without the use and many limitations of a...more

You Can’t Put Lipstick On This Pig: Beauty Company’s Non-Compete Deemed Unenforceable

On March 25, 2016, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge struck down skin care salon Elizabeth Grady Face First, Inc.’s (“Elizabeth Grady” or the “Company”) attempt to make its non-compete agreement seem prettier than it...more

New Utah law limits use of noncompetition agreements

Many employers are confronted by the problem of former employees using company information or relationships they had access to or developed during their employment. Employers have sought protection by having employees agree...more

North Carolina’s Strict Blue Pencil Doctrine is Written in Ink: The Supreme Court Rules That Courts Cannot Revise Noncompete...

The North Carolina Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) recently reiterated that North Carolina courts may not revise overly broad restrictions in noncompetition agreements, overturning a Court of Appeals decision that had...more

Utah Enacts Post-Employment Restrictions Act

A growing number of states are tightening conditions on restrictive covenants.  The start of 2016 saw Oregon and Alabama enact higher barriers to the enforcement of non-compete agreements in those states. As of March 22,...more

Question #273: Crafting a Concrete Non-Compete

Question: Our company uses non-compete and non-solicit agreements that bar former employees from having contact with any client of our company after they leave. One former employee who recently left is now claiming the...more

What Utah Employers Need to Know About H.B. 251: Post-Employment Restrictions Act

On March 22, 2016, the Governor of Utah signed into law H.B. 251, the Post-Employment Restrictions Act. This was one of the most controversial bills considered this last session, and it underwent many changes through the...more

Illinois Restrictive Covenants: Special Rules Apply To Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreements

All employers doing business in Illinois must be aware of a special rule regarding the enforceability of covenants not to compete, which may apply, depending on where their business is located. In Fifield v. Premier Dealer...more

Take Care in Drafting: Meschino v. Frazier Industrial Co. is a Cautionary Tale for Employers

In Meschino v. Frazier Industrial Co., Civil No. 15-10327-RGS, 2015 WL 7295463 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2015), Judge Stearns held that an employment agreement superseded an earlier employment agreement and a separate earlier...more

Better Think Twice About Enforcing A Non-Compete

Over the last couple of years, there has been an increase in employees striking back against employers trying to enforce non-compete agreements.  In those cases, the employee argues that his former employer has interfered...more

South Africa’s Labour Court Rules Garden Leave and Noncompetition Clauses Enforceable

On February 9, 2016, in a victory for South African employers, South Africa’s Labour Court in Johannesburg addressed for the first time the applicability of garden leave in assessing the reasonableness of a post-termination...more

Bill to Regulate Non-Compete Agreements Continues to Move through Utah Legislature

We recently posted about a bill in the Utah State legislature, HB 251, which would have essentially prohibited non-competition agreements in Utah. While awaiting debate and final vote in the Utah House, the bill was amended...more

“Employer-Friendly” Utah Legislature Considers Regulating Non-Compete Agreements

Many employers in Utah use non-competition agreements to protect their confidential information, customer relationships and investment in employee training and development. In a somewhat surprising move, the usually...more

Liquidated Damages: A Viable Alternative to Noncompetition Agreements in Louisiana?

The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion that might pave the way for employers to use liquidated damages as a means of discouraging competition by former employees in certain...more

Dashing Through Non-Competes Christmas Style

Wanting to expand out of North Dakota before the Christmas season, Homer’s Christmas Tree Farm picked Bubba’s Christmas Farm in the Texas Panhandle. Knowing that Bubba’s employee, Skeeter Jones, was critical to Bubba’s...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds That Employers Must Provide Additional Consideration to Bind Current Employees to a Non-Compete...

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a May 2014 ruling by a Pennsylvania Superior Court that employers must provide new and valuable consideration to bind current employees to a non-compete agreement,...more

PA Supreme Court Confirms “Magic” Language Cannot Save Otherwise Unenforceable Non-Compete Agreement

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently re-affirmed the principle that in order to have an enforceable non-compete agreement in Pennsylvania, the agreement must be supported by adequate consideration and that a statement...more

$100 is Sufficient Consideration for a Non-Compete

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently concluded that $100 is sufficient consideration for the execution of a mid-employment non-compete. Employment Staffing Group v. Little, 777 S.E.2d 309 (N.C. Ct. App. 2015). Monica...more

Pennsylvania Still Requires Separate Consideration for Restrictive Covenant Agreements

In a much anticipated decision released on November 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania closed the door—if it was ever open—on any arguments doing away with the separate consideration required for restrictive covenant...more

Pennsylvania’s Highest Court Rules Continuing Employment Insufficient Consideration for Non-Compete

Do you have workers in Pennsylvania? If so, do you ask them to sign non-competes after they have already been employed with your company for some appreciable time? If you do, you may be obligated to provide them with...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Continued Employment Is Not Sufficient Consideration for Non-Competes Entered Into After the...

In a landmark ruling of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that an employer’s non-competition covenant, which included the employee’s pledge not to challenge the covenant for inadequate...more

Do Non-Competes Really Stifle Tech Innovation?

As has been well-chronicled in this blog, Massachusetts and many other states (and even the federal government) have been grappling with proposed legislation that would ban or severely limit non-competes in employment...more

PA Supreme Court Addresses Consideration Required To Enforce Restrictive Covenants

In a highly anticipated decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that “new and valuable” consideration must be conveyed to an employee entering into an agreement containing a restrictive covenant after...more

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