Dekalb Non-Compete Agreement

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

Typically, 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 may be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment may 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 typically difficult. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Illinois 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. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Dekalb that are unreasonably large.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Lastly, there must be a legitimate business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

A Dekalb, Illinois 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Dekalb

DeKalb is located in DeKalb Count, Illinois. It has a population of around 44,000 people. The city is rooted in history because it is named after Johann De Kalb, the German war hero who died during the American Revolutionary War.

The top employer is Northern Illinois University. Other top employers include Kishwaukee Health System, the school district system, and Wal-Mart. Although the legal force is not included in this list, DeKalb is home to many attorneys who practice in many areas of law. Thus, DeKalb residents should not have a problem finding a solution to their legal problem.

Some popular residents of DeKalb include Cindy Crawford, Barbara Hale, Richard Jenkins, Mel Owens, Richard Powers, and A.J. Bramlett.

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