Schaumburg Non-Compete Agreement

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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. While employer's interest are significant, the courts of Illinois also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered to be reasonable. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Schaumburg that are unreasonably large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Lastly, the employer needs to have an acceptable business interest 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?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Schaumburg, Illinois attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are considering suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Schaumburg

Schaumburg, Illinois is a village in Cook County. It is less than 30 miles northwest of Chicago, and has a population of about 75,000 people.

By the mid-19th Century, the area now known as Schaumburg, Illinois had been permanently settled, mostly by immigrants from Germany. The city takes its name from Schaumburg, a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, where many of the German immigrants came from. Thanks to this strong influence early in its history, the city's German character is still visible, in its architecture, restaurants, and culture.

For nearly a century, the village was somewhat isolated from the rest of Illinois, even from nearby Chicago. Howoever, the post-war building boom, and the near-universal adoption of the automobile by the early 1950s, ended this isolation.

Modernly, the city is an affluent suburb of Chicago, with the median household income being about ,000. Theenormous wealth produced in a city such as Chicago is able to support a surrounding area many times larger than the city itself, which contributes to the high standard of living and income seen in Schaumburg.

If you live in Schaumburg, Illinois, and need a lawyer, you're in luck. Schaumburg, Illinois attorneys are able to handle just about any legal problem a resident of Schaumburg is likely to face.

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