Bloomington Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Bloomington, 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?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is generally difficult. While the employer?s interests are significant, Illinois courts place great weight on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. 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 Bloomington 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 Bloomington, Illinois 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. 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 Bloomington

Bloomington is located in McLean County, Illinois. Bloomington is one of the cities that is a part of Illinois "Twin Cities." The other city is adjacent Normal, Illinois. Some other names for Bloomington include "Bloomtown," "B-Town," and "Bloomies."

Some popular attractions in Bloomington include Grady's Family Fun Park, the Pepsi Ice Center, the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, the Bloomington Parks Recreation Department, Miller Park Zoo, Constitution Trail, and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Bloomington is also filled with law offices and firms that train competent attorneys to handle any and every legal inquiry. Therefore fellow Bloomies can stay rest assured because their legal needs can be met by Bloomington's legal force.

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