Palatine Non-Compete Agreement

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

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be difficult. 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 Palatine 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, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign a covenant not to compete.

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

You might want to hire a Palatine, 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. Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Palatine

Palatine, Illinois is located in Cook County, and is a mostly-residential suburb of Chicago. Its population is about 68,000 people.

The village of Palatine was founded in 1866, as a station for the new Chicago and North Western Railway. Palatine began to grow as a residential suburb immediately after World War Two.That period of history saw major economic growth, driven by years of pent-up consumer demand caused by war rationing and the Great Depression.

During the economic boom of the late 1990s, Palatine began modernizing and revitalizing its downtown area, building a new train station, parking garage, as well as a good deal of office and condominium space. Several large corporations have a major presence in Palatine. They include JPMorgan Chase, Weber-Stephen Products, and Square D (a large manufacturer of circuit breakers).

Palatine's economy also benefits from its status as a suburb of Chicago. Many residents of Palatine work in Chicago, allowing for a regular exchange of goods and labor.

If you live in Palatine, Illinois, and need a lawyer, it's very likely that a Palatine, Illinois lawyer can help.

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