Orland Park Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Orland Park, IL

Usually, 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?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be challenging. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Illinois also give importance 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 agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Orland Park that are unreasonably large.

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

You might want to hire an Orland Park, 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. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can provide valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Orland Park

Orland Park is located in Cook County, Illinois. It has a population of around 56,676 people. Interestingly, in 2006 Orland Park was awarded the title of being the "45th Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine. It is 25 miles southwest of Chicago.

Famous residents include John Cangelosi, Brad Fiorenza, Justin Hartley, Brian McBride, Bill Rancic, Pat Fitzgerald, Dan Hampton, Steve Martinson, and Shannon McDonnell.

Orland Park is also home to many attorneys who practice in various areas of law. Further, residents can seek look to the legal force of nearby Chicago for all their legal matters. Chicago is home to top-notch law firms that train ivy-league educated attorneys. With either option, the legal needs of Orland Park residents can easily be taken care of.

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