Non-compete agreements are used by businesses in order to retain talent, as well as protect their intellectual property, however, many employees are finding themselves feeling trapped and unable to leave their company for other, potentially more beneficial and profitable opportunities.
Should I sign a non-compete agreement?
If your potential employer is asking you to do so, it is critical that you take the time to read and understand what the non-compete agreement is saying. Some are pretty self-explanatory and easy to comprehend, however, if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to address them before signing.
While most non-compete agreements are temporary and last a designated amount of time, and only apply to other companies or businesses within a certain 2-3 mile radius, non-compete agreements may not be detrimental to one’s employment opportunities.
Who Can I Trust?
You can always consult with an employment attorney if you need someone you can trust. This may especially be necessary if you are experiencing an issue with a non-compete agreement upon you leaving your employer.
Employment attorneys that specialize in non-compete agreements can not only help employees, or former employees, in negotiating terms of a non-compete agreement, but they can also determine the validity of the non-compete agreement, potentially taking it to court to have it declared invalid.
Maduff & Maduff have been specializing in discrimination, wage theft, and non-compete agreements for more than 20 years. Contact us for more information on how we can help you and your employment rights today!