Bellevue Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Bellevue, NE

Generally speaking, in Nebraska, a covenant not to compete means that the employee will agree not to work for any of their employer's competitors when leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete can receive compensation for the agreement, or in some cases the agreement is a condition for their being hired.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to discern in advance. While employer's interest are important, the courts of Nebraska also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered to be reasonable. A court will normally hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Bellevue that is excessively large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they may only apply to competitors who are rationally related to the industry of the employer. Finally, there must be a valid business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

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 Bellevue, Nebraska lawyer to review any agreements. 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 contemplating 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 Bellevue

Bellevue is the oldest city in the state of Nebraska. It was incorporated in 1855 and currently has a population of approximately 49,000 people. The city is part of Sarpy County. The word "Bellevue" is French for "beautiful view", as the city is rich in pristine forest areas. For example, Fontenelle Forest is located in Bellevue. It is a privately owned forest area containing 17 miles of trails suitable for hiking. The area has many views of the surrounding scenery including the Missouri River. Another popular tourist location is Hayworth Park, which has a walking trail that crosses many miles of Bellevue. The economy of Bellevue is currently fueled by expansions in the civilian sector. The commercial, residential, industrial, and construction industries are growing rapidly in the city of Bellevue. Offutt Air Force Base is also located near Bellevue. The base is headquarters for the Air Force Weather Agency, the 55th Air Combat Command Wing, and the U.S. Strategic Command (U.S. "Stratcom") Lawyers in Bellevue usually handle a variety of civil and criminal cases, as well as issues in family, real estate, and financial matters. Bellevue, Nebraska lawyers usually litigate their clients' cases at the Sarpy County Courthouse. More advanced cases are heard at the Sarpy County District Court.

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