Weymouth 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. 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. 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 Weymouth.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are rationally related 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?

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Weymouth, 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. 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 Weymouth

Weymouth is named after Weymouth, Dorset, which is located in England. The U.S. city is located in Norfolk County in the state of Massachusetts. Its formal name is The Town of Weymouth. It is a very historic town, as it was incorporated in 1635. Currently Weymouth has a population of 54,000.

Since Weymouth is a very "mature" city, it has had ample time to develop economically and commercially. In fact, the town is nearly completely developed compared to other areas in the region. Therefore many of the economic projects in Weymouth focus on redevelopment and transformation of existing facilities into new uses.

Examples of redevelopment in Weymouth include the conversion of Nike Missile Base into Webb state Park. Another project converts Mammoth Mart into a shopping center. The city of Weymouth is a prime example of efficient and productive use of commercial zoning.

The Town of Weymouth is neatly divided into four areas, or "Squares": Bicknell Square, Jackson Square, Weymouth Landing, and Columbian Square. The busiest of the four squares is Columbian Square, which boasts many local recreation and entertainment venues.

Lawyers in Weymouth spend a lot of time at the Quincy District Court, which has jurisdiction to hear claims arising in Weymouth. The District Court is located nearby in the city of Quincy. Many Weymouth, Massachusetts lawyers contribute their time to community building projects.

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