Needham Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Needham, MA

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?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be difficult to know beforehand. While the employer?s interests are important, Massachusetts courts place great importance on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. Some agreements that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Needham that is unreasonably broad.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. 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?

You may want to hire a Needham, Massachusetts lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can give valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Needham

Needham, Massacheutts is considered one of the more desireable suburbs of the state's capital of Boston because of the great school system, thriving professional community, and strong sense of community that Needham fosters in its 30,000 residents. Originally founded in 1680, Needham was a rather unsuccessful farming community before realizing success in other industries. There is still some colonial charm in the city-- it still governs itself with a representative town meeting. With only one public high school and middle school, the small town feel is also felt in the city's education. A commuter suburb of Boston, many successful professionals have also set-up office in Needham. For instance,Needham is home to a packing plant for popular market chain Trader Joes. In addition to great supermarkets,Needham also has great lawyers. Lawyers specializing in a range of legal practices are available to help their fellow citizen with any issue he or she may find find themselves confronted with.

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