Norwich Non-Compete Agreement

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Usually, 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 can 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 challenging. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Connecticut also give importance 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 unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Norwich.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Finally, the employer must have a legitimate 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 Norwich, Connecticut lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any provisions that might limit your rights. The lawyer can help 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 contemplating suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut is a city in New London County. It was the county seat of that county, before the state of Connecticut did away with county governments. It currently has a population of about 36,000 people.

Norwich is named after Norwich, England, and was founded by English settlers in 1659. By the late 1600s, a public landing had been built at the head of a nearby river, allowing ships to sail several miles inland to offload their goods. This allowed Norwich to serve as an important supply point for the colonists in the Revolutionary War, and proved invaluable to the war effort.

For well over 100 years after the revolution, the city of Norwich served continuously as a very important commercial shipping center, allowing for continuous economic growth.

Modernly, Norwich, Connecticut is a quiet residential community. It is home to Mohegan Park, a large forested area featuring several ponds and streams. This park provides ample recreational activities, such as fishing, hiking, and mountain biking in the summer, and ice skating and sledding in the winter.

If you live in Norwich, Connecticut and are in need of an attorney, it's highly likely that you'll be able to find one. Norwich, Connecticut attorneys are able to handle almost any legal issue they're faced with.

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