Chicopee 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 hard. Even if the employee's interests may be important Massachusetts courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Chicopee that are unreasonably large.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. 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 signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Chicopee, Massachusetts 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 Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are considering 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 Chicopee

Chicopee is part of Hampden County, Massachusetts. It is located near the Connecticut River. It has a population of around 55,298 people, making it the second largest city in Western Massachusetts. Springfield is the first.

Chicopee is filled with many small businesses. Some of the top employers include Chicopee Provision Company, Blue Seal, and Millie's Pierogi Company.

Past and present famous residents include Ray Fitzgerald, Damien Fahey, Philip Labonte, Scott Barnes, and The Acacia Strain musical group.

Chicopee is also home to many lawyers who have established law offices and small firms in Chicopee. Thus, any and every legal inquiry can be competently handled by the legal force in Chicopee.

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