Middletown Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Middletown, NJ

Generally speaking, in New Jersey, 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. Even if the employee's interests may be significant New Jersey 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. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include agreements that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Middletown.

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?

A Middletown, New Jersey lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any provisions that might limit your rights. The lawyer can help you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to 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 Middletown

Middletown, a.k.a. Middle Township, is in Monmouth County, New Jersey. It was originally formed on October 31, 1693 and became a township via an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798.

Interestingly, in 2006, 2008, and 2010 Middletown was voted in the Top 100 list for the Best Places to Live by CNN Money Magazine.

Middletown is also home to many practicing attorneys who are able to provide local businesses and residents with the appropriate legal guidance.

Past and present famous residents include Pete Capella, Knowshon Moreno, Christian Peter, Jason Peter, Maury Povich, Geraldo Rivera, E.W. Swackhamer, Kevin Smith, Bob Tucker, Billy Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Bill Weber, Tom Wilkens, and Brian Williams.

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