Grand Junction Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Grand Junction, CO

Generally, a covenant not to compete is when a Colorado 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 foresee whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even if the employee's interests may be important Colorado courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. A court will usually hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Grand Junction that is excessively large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Grand Junction, Colorado lawyer to review any documents. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are considering suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado is a home-rule municipality, and the county seat of Mesa County, Colorado. According to a Census estimate from 2009, Grand Junction has a population of about 59,000 people. The city is located on the Colorado river, near where it receives the Gunnison River, hence the name "Grand Junction." Modernly, the city serves as an extremely important hub for commerce and transportation in its region. Grand Junction also grew rapidly in the 1970s and 80s, thanks to large deposits of oil shale. This was when technologies used to extract oil from shale became widely available. However, extracting oil from shale is still more expensive than simply drilling for it, and when oil prices began to decline, it ceased to be economically viable. This led to significant economic hardship for the region. In recent years, however, the economy of Grand Junction, Colorado has diversified and stabilized, eliminating the risks that arise when an economy becomes dependent on a single industry. It is a vibrant center for many industries, including healthcare, agriculture, livestock, and tourism. Grand Junction is near a major mountain resort, and it has become a popular destination for wealthy travelers. If you live in Grand Junction, and are facing any legal issue, whether it involves starting a business, adopting a child, taking out a mortgage, or writing a will, the chances that you'll be able to find a good Grand Junction, Colorado lawyer are excellent.

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