Non-compete agreements are commonly used in the workplace, however, sometimes they may be too broad in scope and can limit an individual’s ability to seek future employment or to maintain their business. If you have questions or concerns about non-compete agreements, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New Jersey employment law firm to discuss the specifics of your case.
What is a non-compete agreement in New Jersey?
When someone is hired into a new role for employment, they will likely have to sign a non-compete agreement. This is a clause that is used in employment contracts that restrain the circumstances under which an individual can leave their job to take another one. This mostly targets jobs that are within the same industry and geographical location.
If you are starting a new job and would like to learn more about non-compete agreements, do not hesitate to reach out to the Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. to speak with our skilled legal team.
Why are non-compete agreements used?
In most cases, employers use non-competes to deter employees that have certain skills and with access to confidential information from leaving and going to work for a competitor. Usually, non-competes are directed at high-level, c-suite employees with access to company information and could harm a business if that information was released.
Non-competes can be presented to employees either at the start of employment or mid-way through employment and need to be supported by some consideration (something given in exchange for the agreement).
What if my non-compete agreement is too limiting?
In some cases, an employee may think that the non-compete agreement they signed limits their ability to practice their trade. This is when legal action may be pursued. If a contested non-compete agreement matter ends up in court, the court will take a few factors into consideration. These factors include whether the agreement is necessary to protect the interests of the employer, whether the agreement places an unreasonable burden on the employee, and whether the agreement is opposed to the needs of the public.
It is important to note, however, that each situation is different and the court will weigh the facts of each case differently. Because these issues are highly subjective, they require the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney, whether you are the employee or the employer. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to speak with an experienced employment law attorney about your options.
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