Rock Island Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Rock Island, 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Rock Island.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a reasonable way to the employer's industry. Finally, the employer must have a legitimate business interest behind its motivation for 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 Rock Island, Illinois lawyer to review any provisions. 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 Rock Island

Rock Island is home to about 41,000 people. It is considered part of Illinois's "Quad Cities," and is located along the Mississippi River. Its neighbors include Moline, East Moline, Davenpor, and Bettendorf.

Some great sites for visitors include Black Hawk State Historic Site, Jumer's Casino Hotel, Broadway Historic District, Hauberg Civic Center, Longview Park Conservatory and Gardens, Quad City Botanical Center, and Rock Island Arsenal.

Some of Rock Island's top employers include the health care system, the school district, Augustana College, Performance Food Group, Modern Woodmen of America, YRC Worldwide, Dohrn Transfer Company, and Norcross Safety Products.

Alongside these employers, Rock Island is also home to many attorneys that practice in law offices and small firms. These attorneys are trained in many legal fields and focus on providing excellent, yet personalized, legal services.

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