Rochester 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 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?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be challenging. While the employer?s interests are significant, New Hampshire courts place great weight 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Rochester.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Lastly, an employer is required to have a legitimate 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?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Rochester, New Hampshire attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Rochester

Rochester is home to 32,000 Strafford County residents who live in New Hampshire's largest region, the Seacoast region. Rochester is home to Skyhaven Airport and the annual Rochester Fair. The Rochester Fair has lots of games, carnival ride, and even food, wine, and fine dining tents.

The 45 square miles Rochester covers was incorporated in 1772 and encompasses both East Rochester and Gonic Villages. The heavily wooded area have a number of very tall White Pine trees that were reserved to be used as masts for Royal Navy Ships. During the Revolutionary War, Rochester was used as a meeting place for soldiers before traveling to their assignments.

A Civil War monument once stood in the downtown section of town and commemorated the 54 men who died in Rochester but during World War II, cannons on the side were melted down for use in the war. The monument today depicts a civil war scene accented by four World War II guns. Rochester is a destination for many American history buffsand localschool trips.

Rochester is an attractive community that is ideally situated in the New England region.The city allows a wide variety of professionals, artists, and students to commute to nearby cities and states. It's geographic locationprovides dramatic autumn trees attracting tourists from around theglobe.

Rochester has been a place where important people have gone to live because it is positioned in such a desirable location within New England. This includes Inventor Isaac Adams, Governors, U.S. Congressmen, Senators, and Arctic explorers like Charles Francis Hall. Rochester is home to some great lawyers today too. Rochester lawyers are familiar with local courts and their rigid procedures. They can help you do everything from getting money for an injury to disentangling your personal assets with an ex-husband or ex-wife.

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