Arlington Non-Compete Agreement

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In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Massachusetts who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are frequently called "non-compete" clauses". An employee who signs them either does so as a condition to employment or they may receive compensation for the 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 important, courts in Massachusetts 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an excessively long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Arlington.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's 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?

An Arlington, Massachusetts lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any documents that might limit your rights. The lawyer can assist you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to both parties. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Arlington

Arlington is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is very near Boston--approximately 6 miles northwest of it. Arlington has a population of around 42,900 people.

For nature lovers, Arlington is the place to be! It is filled with beautiful parks. Popular sites include Menotomy Rocks Park, Robbins Farm Park, Robbins Library, and Spy Pond Park. Other popular attractions include the Arlington Center Historic District, the Cyrus E. Dallin Museum, Henry Swan House, the Jason Russell House, Water Tower at Park Circle and the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue.

Past famous residents of Arlington include Dane Cook, Olympia Dukakis, Timothy Hutton, Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, and Tom Yewcic.

The legal industry also has a presence in Arlington because many attorneys call Arlington home. These attorneys practice in many areas of law and focus on providing excellent and personalized legal services.

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