Employment Non-Compete Agreements

Employment non-compete agreements are valuable tools used by employers to protect their business interests, trade secrets, and client relationships. These agreements restrict employees from engaging in competitive activities during or after their employment with the company. At West and West LLP, we provide comprehensive legal guidance on employment non-compete agreements, helping employers draft enforceable agreements and assisting employees in understanding their rights and obligations.

Why Choose West and West LLP for Employment Non-Compete Agreements?

  • Expertise in Employment Law: Our attorneys have extensive experience and specialized knowledge in employment law, including non-compete agreements, ensuring you receive expert guidance tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.
  • Strategic Counsel: We provide strategic counsel to both employers and employees, helping them navigate the complexities of non-compete agreements and negotiate favorable terms.
  • Customized Solutions: We understand that every employment relationship is unique. We offer customized solutions to address your specific concerns and objectives while protecting your legal rights and interests.

Understanding Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements, also known as restrictive covenants or non-compete clauses, are contractual agreements between employers and employees that restrict the employee’s ability to compete with the employer’s business for a specified period of time and within a defined geographic area. These agreements typically include provisions related to:

  • Scope of Restriction: The specific activities or actions prohibited by the employee during and after their employment with the company.
  • Duration: The length of time the non-compete restriction remains in effect, often ranging from months to years.
  • Geographic Limitations: The geographic area within which the employee is prohibited from competing with the employer, typically defined by specific geographic boundaries or distance from the employer’s location.
  • Enforcement Mechanisms: The remedies available to the employer in the event of a breach of the non-compete agreement, including injunctive relief, damages, and attorney’s fees.

Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements

The enforceability of non-compete agreements varies depending on state law and the specific circumstances of the agreement. Courts generally consider the following factors when determining the enforceability of a non-compete agreement:

    • Reasonableness: Courts assess whether the restrictions imposed by the non-compete agreement are reasonable in terms of duration, geographic scope, and the scope of activities restricted.
    • Legitimate Business Interest: Employers must demonstrate a legitimate business interest, such as protecting trade secrets, confidential information, or client relationships, to justify the enforcement of a non-compete agreement.
    • Consideration: Non-compete agreements must be supported by adequate consideration, such as employment or continued employment, to be enforceable.
    • Public Policy: Courts may refuse to enforce non-compete agreements that are overly broad, oppressive, or contrary to public policy.

Our Approach

Our approach to employment non-competes agreements is proactive and strategic:

    1. Legal Review: We review existing non-compete agreements or draft new agreements tailored to your specific needs and objectives.
    2. Negotiation: We negotiate non-compete agreements on behalf of both employers and employees, ensuring the terms are fair, reasonable, and enforceable.
    3. Enforcement and Defense: We provide representation in enforcement actions and defense against allegations of non-compete agreement violations, advocating for our clients’ rights and interests.
    4. Compliance Guidance: We offer guidance and counseling on compliance with non-compete agreements, including employee onboarding, termination, and post-employment obligations.

Common Questions About Non-Compete Agreements

  • Are non-compete agreements enforceable? The enforceability of non-compete agreements depends on various factors, including state law, the specific terms of the agreement, and the circumstances surrounding its formation. We can assess the enforceability of your non-compete agreement and provide guidance accordingly.
  • Can I negotiate the terms of a non-compete agreement? Yes, non-compete agreements are negotiable, and both employers and employees can negotiate the terms to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
  • What should I do if I receive a cease and desist letter for violating a non-compete agreement? If you receive a cease and desist letter or are threatened with legal action for violating a non-compete agreement, it’s essential to seek legal counsel immediately. We can assess the situation, evaluate your rights and defenses, and provide guidance on the best course of action.

Contact Us

If you need assistance with employment non-compete agreements, West and West LLP is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in protecting your business interests or navigating your rights as an employee. Reach us at (713) 222-9378 orwest@westandwest.com, or visit our office at 3818 Fox Meadow Lane Pasadena.