Dover Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Dover, DE

Typically, a covenant not to compete is when a Delaware 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 hard. Even if the employee's interests may be significant Delaware 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. Some provisions that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Dover that is unreasonably broad.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a reasonable way to the employer's industry. Lastly, the covenant not to compete must have a valid business purpose which is behind the employer's motivation for requiring the agreement.

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 Dover, Delaware lawyer to review any agreements. 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 regarding whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Dover

Dover, Delaware is the capital of Delaware, and its second-largest city. It has a population of about 36,000 people.

Dover, Delaware was founded in 1683 by British colonists. Dover is perhaps best known as being the home of Caesar Rodney, a popular lawyer and wartime leader during the American Revolution. The city was also an important stop on the Underground Railroad, even though the population of Dover was sharply divided on the issue of slavery. Many Dover, Delaware lawyers helped runaway slaves once they arrived.

Modernly, Dover's economy is fairly diverse. The largest employer in Dover, as well as in the entire state of Delaware, is the state government. The vast majority of the state's administrative functions are located in and around Dover. Another major employer is the Dover Air Force Base. This federal presence, along with the state government, employs many Dover, Delaware lawyers.

Residents of Dover, Delaware who need legal advice should have little trouble finding a good Dover, Delaware attorney.

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