Hamden Non-Compete Agreement

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Generally, a covenant not to compete is when a Connecticut 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?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be difficult. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Connecticut also give priority to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to the circumstances. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Hamden.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Finally, an employer is required to have a valid business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

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 Hamden, Connecticut 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Hamden

The town of Hamden is situated in New Haven County, Connecticut, about halfway between New York and Boston. It has a population of about 58,000 and is a suburb of New Haven city. Hamden is nicknamed "the land of the Sleeping Giant", after the unique Sleeping Giant hill formation located in the more rural northern section of town.

Hamden has been described as an unique blend of both urban and suburban ways of life. This is demonstrated by its outstanding educational resources and its "New England charm". It was listed as #33 on Fortune Magazine's list of "Best Places to Live and Launch".

Besides its residential appeal, Hamden boasts a considerable amount of industry and commercial activities. Major employers in Hamden include Quinnipiac University, Area Cooperative Education Services, and Harborside Health Care. Many residents also enjoy a pleasant commute to neighboring cities such as New Haven.

Lawyers in Hamden are active in both the business community and local government efforts. Hamden, Connecticut lawyers will usually begin their representation of clients by filing at the New Haven Superior Court, which handles a wide range of criminal and civil matters.

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