Hoffman Estates Non-Compete Agreement

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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 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 typically difficult. 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. 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 Hoffman Estates that is unreasonably broad.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. Finally, there must be a valid 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 Hoffman Estates, 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. Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are contemplating suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates is situated to the northwest of downtown Chicago. This Cook County city is an affluent suburb that is home to 54,000 Illinois residents. Because it's an affluent city with many attractions, many lawyers call it home. Hoffman Estates lawyers are familiar with local courts and procedures, consulting on a wide range of cases. Major industry in Hoffman Estates include the headquarters of the Sears Holdings Corporation, the ATT headquarters for the Midwest, American headquarters for Japanese machine tool manufacturer Mori Seiki, and a number of sports teams.

The Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates plays host to major indoor soccer team Chicago Storm, the Chicago Slaughter indoor football team, and Chicago Bliss lingerie football team. More recently, Heartland International Tattoo relocated to the Sears Centre. It's one of the largest music and dance festivals in the Midwest. Hoffman Estates gained prominence in the mid-1960s and early 1970s when the Centex corporation began mass producing homes on adjacent lots. The location was desirable because the Northwest Tollway opened providing direct access to Chicago's downtown businesses. Soon afterward the Woodfield Mall opened and a master planned community began construction attracting a number of corporate headquarters and tourist attractions. 

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