Quincy Non-Compete Agreement

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

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be challenging. 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. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Quincy.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Finally, an employer is required to have a valid business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

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

Before you sign any provisions that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Quincy, Illinois attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can give 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 Quincy

Quincy is nicknamed the "Gem City of Illinois. Perhaps this is so because it lies along the Mississippi River. It is a small city home to about 40,700 people. Interestingly, Quincy used to be the hub for the transportation of riverboats and rail service, connecting many destinations along the river.

Some major corporations located in Quincy include Niemann Foods, Gardner Denver, and Titan Wheel. Other thriving employers include the healthcare industry and school district. Many attorneys also call Quincy home, and practice in many areas of law.

Some popular attractions in Quincy include Temple B'nai Sholom, Quincy Museum, Moorish Castle, Quincy University, and the South Side German Historic District.

All in all, Quincy is a quaint place to live offering its residents small town charm!

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