New Britain Non-Compete Agreement

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Typically, 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 hard. 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. 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 New Britain.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's 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?

A New Britain, Connecticut lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any agreements that might limit your rights. The lawyer can assist you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to both parties. 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 New Britain

Beautiful New Britain, Connecticut is home to almost 72,000 residents. The city was first settled in 1687. Conveniently located just 9 miles from Hartford, the town has an identity all its own. New Britain has a storied history as a major manufacturing center and is aptly nicknamed, "Hardware city." The city serves as the headquarters for Stanley Works since 1843. New Britain is also home to a very large Polish population and their presence is seen in the many Polish restaurants, cultural events, and activities. In fact, New Britain is home to the largest Polish community in all of Connecticut. Not surprisingly, there are also many Polish museums dedicated to their role in the growing community. Comprising 13.4 square miles, New Britain has lots to offer its residents and visitors. Home of the New Britain Rock Cats, a minor league baseball team ensures that there is always something to do in the summertime. The city is also home to lots of schools, including a couple colleges that make for a great school atmosphere. New Britain also has top lawyers to help its citizens in a range of legal issues including: contract law, divorce and family law issues, employment law, and many others. The professional community in New Britain is second to none.

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