Belleville Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Belleville, IL

Generally, a covenant not to compete is when an Illinois 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". Compensation might be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment might be conditioned upon such an agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to foresee whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Illinois courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude to be reasonable. 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 Belleville.

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. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign a covenant not to compete.

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

You might want to hire a Belleville, Illinois lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. 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 Belleville

Bellevilla is located in St. Clair County, Illinois. The city is known as the eighth most populated city in Illinois, with an approximate population of 45,000. For fans of the sitcom The Simpsons, Belleville is south of Springfield, Illinois. It is known for having a diverse population and great attractions for tourists to enjoy.

Some popular sites include the Labor Industry Museum, the Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine, Sky-View Drive-In, and historic Downtown Belleville.

Belleville is home to well-qualified attorneys who are able to hadnle the legal needs of residents.

Some popular residents have included Dave Butz, Buddy Ebsen, Darius Miles, Al Smith, Lorenda Starfelt, Randy Wells, and Harry Statham.

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