Pittsfield 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?

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. 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 Pittsfield.

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

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Pittsfield, Massachusetts lawyer to review any provisions. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. 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 Pittsfield

Pittsfield is located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. An interesting fact is that in 2005, Farmers Insurance ranked the city twentieth in the U.S. on the "Most Secure Place to Live" list. Forbest Magazine also ranked Pittsfield as number sixty-one in its list for "Best Small Places for Business."

Some known businesses in Pittsfield include Chemex Corporation, Blue-Q, SABIC, Laurin Publishing, Thaddeus Clapp House, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and Berkshire Gas. Naturally, to support these businesses, Pittsfield is home to many attorneys who can easily handle the legal needs of businesses and residents.

Some famous residents include Thomas Allen, Silvio O. Conte, Cy Ferry, Tom Grieve, Stephanie Wilson and Robin Williams.

All in all, Pittsfield is a place that residents love to live in, and people love to visit!

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