Leominster 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. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Leominster.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Lastly, the employer must have a valid 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?

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Leominster, Massachusetts attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. 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 Leominster

Leominster, Massachusetts is a cityin Worcester County, and has a population of about 42,000 people.

Prior to settlement of the Leominster area by Europeans, the area had been inhabited by various Native American tribes for thousands of years, and like most cities in the New England region, it was settled by Europeans in the mid-1600s.

As Leominster began to experience industrial growth in the 19th and 20th centuries, it became a major center for the manufacture of plastics, and various plastic products. Interestingly, this has its origins in the 1700s, when Leominster was a major center for the comb industry, with fine combs originally being made of whale baleen. The industry quickly transitioned to using plastic as soon as it became available, and helped to develop many new formulations of plastic, some of which are still in use.

As with many cities which saw industrial development in the 19th century, Leominster's industrial character has begun to decline. However, Leominster is still home to many businesses and schools.

If you live in Leominster, Massachusetts and need an attorney,chances are good that you'll be able to find one. Leominster, Massachusetts lawyers are able to hand many different kinds of cases. If you need legal help, you should call a Leominster, Massachusetts lawyer as soon as possible.

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