Kalamazoo Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Kalamazoo, MI

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Michigan who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are often called "non-compete" clauses". Signing such an agreement can either be a condition for being employed, or the employee may receive additional compensation for doing so.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is typically difficult. Even if the employee's interests may be significant Michigan 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. Some provisions that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Kalamazoo that is unreasonably broad.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose 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?

You might want to hire a Kalamazoo, Michigan lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one regarding whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is located in Kalamazoo County. Specifically it is located in the southwestern part of Michigan. It is home to approximately 326,589 people.

Some popular sites include the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Hickory Corners, Gilmore Car Museum, the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, the New Vic Theatre, Barn Theatre, the Gibson Guitar Corporation, and Wings Stadium.

Some of the top employers are the health care system and school district. Kalamazoo is also home to three local breweries and that employ many residents. With small businesses around, naturally the city is also home to attorneys there to provide legal support. Kalamazoo is home to many attorneys who work in law offices and firms that practice in many areas of law. Therefore, residents can remain rest assured, because any and every legal need of theirs can easily be taken care of.

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