Derry Non-Compete Agreement

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Generally speaking, in New Hampshire, a covenant not to compete means that the employee will agree not to work for any of their employer's competitors upon leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete may 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?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be difficult. While the employer?s interests are important, New Hampshire 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 Derry 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, there must be a legitimate 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?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Derry, New Hampshire attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties 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 Derry

Named after a city in Ireland, Derry, New Hampshire is located an hour Boston and an hour from the Great White Mountains of New Hampshire. With a location like that, it is no wonder people enjoy living and visiting Derry. Derry's Irish meaning is "oak woods." The town of Derry is located in Rockingham County and home to close to 35,000 residents.

Derry happens to be the fourth most populous community in the state of New Hampshire. Derry is home to wonderful museums and an opera house that make it an enjoyable place to live and visit. Derry also has a nationally recognized public and private school education system, a factor many parents in Derry enjoy.

With such a close proximity to Boston, home to Harvard Law School and Boston Law School (to name a few) it is no wonder that there are so many talented lawyers in Derry. Derry Lawyers specialize in a range of legal practices and are able to serve their local clients with a high level of competence. Lawyers in Derry can help their clients with any legal issue they may find themselves dealing with. Derry lawyers are just another positive aspect of this charming city.

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