Union City Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Union City, CA

Usually, a covenant not to compete is when a California employee agrees not to work for an employer's competitors when the employee leaves the company. Covenants not to compete are also known as "non-compete clauses". An employee who signs them either does so as a condition to employment or they may receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even though the interests of an employer are important, California courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude to be reasonable. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an excessively long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Union City.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Lastly, there must be a legitimate business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire an Union City, California attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are considering suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Union City

Union City, California is located in the East Bay of the San Francisco, Bay Area. It is a short drive from Silicon Valley. Surrounding cities include Fremont, Hayward, and Newark. Union City is home to approximately 69,516 people, and caters to a very diverse population.

Top employers in Union City include Wal-Mart, Dreyer's, Masonic Homes, Caravan Trading Company, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the school district. Many residents also make the commute and work in the tech companies of Silicon Valley.

Being so close to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Union City residents enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to legal services. Many small, mid-size, and large multinational law firms have location in Silicon Valley, catering to the small start-ups, and mid to large corporations. San Francisco has large law firms, as well as small to mid-size firms that believe in personalized legal services. Either way, Union City residents have access to a competent legal force that can handle issues in all areas of law.

Popular attractions in Union City include the San Francisco Bay Area Flight 93 Memorial in Sugar Mill Landing Park. This is the first monument devoted to honoring the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, which was bound for San Francisco but was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Other popular attractions include the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve and the Masonic Homes.

All in all, Union City is a wonderful place to visit and live in!

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