Downers Grove Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Downers Grove, 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 Downers Grove that are unreasonably large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. 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?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Downers Grove, Illinois 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 about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Downers Grove

Downers Grove is located in DuPage County, Illinois. Lisle Townships is near. Downers Grove has about over 50,000 people that call it home.

The city's top employers include Good Samaritan Hospital, GCA Services, Sara Lee, Acxium, RR Donnelley, Dover, Magnetrol, HAVI Global Solutions, and Hub Group. The legal industry also has its presence in Downers Grove, with many attorneys practicing law while living here. Therefore, Downers Grove residents will not have any issue receiving excellent legal services.

Some famous residents include Lanny Poffo, Denise Richards, Jim McDermott, Dan LeFevour, Lauren Fros, and Muriel Anderson.

Overall, Downers Grove offers its visitors and residents a wonderful quality of life.

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