Rockford Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Rockford, IL

Typically, a covenant not to compete is when a 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 hard. 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 Rockford.

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?

A Rockford, Illinois lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any agreements that might limit your rights. The lawyer can help you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to 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 Rockford

Rockford, Illinois is a city on both banks of the Rock River, in Northern Illinois. It is the county seat of Winnebago County, and the third-larges city in Illinois, with a population of over 150,000 people.

Rockford, IL experienced a major economic boom in the first half of the 20th Century, largely due to the massive industrialization of the entire country that was necessary to the war effort in WWII. However, like many industrial cities, Rockford, IL went into a steep economic decline in subsequent decades.

However, with the manufacturing industry in the U.S. bouncing back faster than the rest of the economy in the wake of the recession of the late 2000s, Rockford, IL has reaped some of these benefits. One of the biggest employers in the city is a major Chrysler manufacturing plant. Part of this recovery has been due to government investment in the area, and was made possible, in part, by the government bailout of the two largest auto companies in the U.S. Several Rockford, IL lawyers were probably involved in coming up with this deal.

The lawyers of Rockford, IL are skilled in handling a wide range of cases. If you live in the Rockford area, and need a lawyer, you can't do much better than hiring a Rockford, IL attorney.

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