Non-Compete Agreements

Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a... more +
Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a certain industry or locale. The purpose of these agreements is to protect employers or business purchasers from competition stemming from former employees or former owners of a business. less -
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Illinois Prohibits Non-Compete Agreements with Low-Wage Employees

Effective January 1, 2017, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”) will prohibit private sector employers from entering into non-competition agreements with employees earning a “low wage.” The Act defines low-wage...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Non-Competes for Franchisees’ Employees

A "non-compete" provision limits the franchisee's ability, after the franchise agreement ends, to continue to work in a similar type of business to the franchise within a certain time period and geographic area. The purpose...more

RIGHT IN THE BREADBASKET: Lessons From Early Cases at the Intersection of Noncompetes and the DTSA

As many TSW readers are aware, 2016 has been a big year for trade secret law, with both the United States and the European Union expanding trade secrets protections and increasing the uniformity of their laws. But as good as...more

Low-Wage Employees in Illinois Protected From Noncompetes Under New Law

On August 19, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill prohibiting noncompete agreements for low-wage employees. In addition to prohibiting most private-sector employers from entering into noncompetes with its...more

The Interplay of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, Inevitable Disclosure, and Non-Competes

When it comes to protecting one’s trade secrets, one of the most important remedies a trade secret owner may want is a court order enjoining a former employee from going to a competitor and making use the trade secret there,...more

Illinois Freedom to Work Act: One State’s Reaction to Overreaching Non-Compete Agreements

In an effort to address possible overuse of non-compete agreements by certain employers, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. The Act prohibits private sector employers from...more

North Carolina Court Again Narrows Scope of Post-Employment Restrictions

Last week’s EmployNews reported a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision applying North Carolina law that invalidated an employment non-competition clause due to what it viewed as the overreaching scope of the restrictions....more

Agreement Prohibiting Solicitation of Employees by Former Employee may be Unenforceable

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has raised serious questions regarding non-solicitation agreements that are often included as part of an employment agreement or severance agreement. A non-solicitation...more

Restrictive Covenants in Michigan: A Cent, a Peppercorn, or Continued At-Will Employment

A business dispute in Michigan may provide insight into the consideration required to support a noncompete contract restricting future employment. Innovation Ventures, LLC v. Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, No. 150591, Michigan...more

Two New England States Pass Legislation Restricting Physician Non-Competes

We’ve written a lot this summer about the Massachusetts legislature’s latest failed attempt at non-compete reform. Two other states in New England, however, are able to claim accomplishments in that regard. Specifically,...more

NY Attorney General Schneiderman Declares “War” on Non-Compete Agreements That He Perceives as Overbroad

In an initiative that is virtually without precedent in New York, in the past two months (June 15, June 22 and August 4) Attorney General Schneiderman announced agreements with three separate companies in three different...more

Discover (or rediscover) Russian employment law - Your questions, our answers

Is Russian employment law a codification of rules? Yes. Is Russian employment law protective of employees? Yes. Is Russian employment law complex? Certainly. However, we would like to note that Russian employment law...more

Non-Compete Agreement A Mandatory Subject of Bargaining, NLRB Rules

The first day of employment is often chaotic. New employees must learn their way around the jobsite, meet (and remember the names of) many new people and otherwise familiarize themselves with working at a new job. Oh, and...more

Wisconsin Court Finds Anti-Poaching Agreements to be Unenforceable

Analyzing an anti-poaching agreement as a non-compete agreement, a Wisconsin Court of Appeals has confirmed that a former employee’s agreement not to solicit other employees may be void and unenforceable if it is too broad....more

Fourth Circuit Decision Reminds Employers That Overbroad Noncompete Agreements May Not Be Enforceable

If your company operates in a territory covered by the 4th circuit (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) and requires employees to sign a noncompete agreement with language similar to the...more

Don't Use Form Non-Compete with North Carolina Employees

Most states allow judges to “reform” provisions of employee non-competition agreements deemed overbroad. For example, if the court believes that a 100-mile territorial restriction is too broad, it can reduce the radius to 50...more

State Attorneys General on the Attack Against Noncompete Overuse

Too much of a good thing can be bad – a maxim that some employers have historically ignored by requiring entire workforces, including rank-and-file employees, to submit to post-employment noncompete obligations as a condition...more

Employment Law This Week®: Salary History, Wage and Hour Compliance Training, Non-Competes, Misclassified Workers [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Massachusetts State Legislature Takes Action on Major Employment Reform as Legislative Session Ends

In the final weeks before the end of the legislative session, the Massachusetts House and State both addressed major pieces of labor and employment legislation. However, although the legislature passed S.2119, an Act to...more

The NC Businesss Court On Non-Solicitation And Non-Inducement Provisions

There is more discussion of non-solicitation clauses and non-inducement clauses in Judge McGuire's opinion last week in Sandhills Home Care,, LLC v. Companion Home Care-Unimed, Inc., 2016 NCBC 59, than I think that I've ever...more

2015-2016 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

After a mad scramble to take action before their midnight deadline, Massachusetts lawmakers closed the 20152016 legislative session by passing five of the “Big Six” bills on their agenda. Beacon Hill saw a flurry of activity...more

Nevada Supreme Court Rules that Overly Broad Non-Compete Agreements are Wholly Unenforceable

In July 2016, the Nevada Supreme Court held that when a non-compete agreement extends beyond what is necessary to protect the employer’s interest, the agreement is wholly unenforceable and courts may not modify or “blue...more

A Few Things To Avoid When Drafting A North Carolina Covenant Not To Compete

The Business Court closely examined a set of restrictive covenants last week in Sandhills Home Care,, LLC v. Companion Home Care-Unimed, Inc., 2016 NCBC 59. This decision collects a number of North Carolina Court of Appeals...more

Inappropriate Invention Assignments, Confidentiality and non-compete Agreements - Common Small Business Owner Mistakes

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip # 3 - Ensure employees, especially key employees, enter the appropriate invention assignment,...more

All or Nothing: Nevada Supreme Court Refuses to Adopt “Blue Pencil” Doctrine for Non-Compete Agreements

In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of Nevada refused to adopt the “blue pencil” doctrine when it ruled that an unreasonable provision in a non-compete agreement rendered the entire agreement unenforceable. “Blue...more

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