Albuquerque Non-Compete Agreement

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Generally speaking, in New Mexico, 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 or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be challenging to know beforehand. While employer's interest are important, the courts of New Mexico 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. 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 Albuquerque that is unreasonably broad.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Finally, the employer must have a legitimate business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

Before you sign any provisions that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Albuquerque, New Mexico attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. 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 Albuquerque

Albuquerque is biggest city in the State of New Mexico with over 600,000 residents and 182 square miles. A percentage of the population can be attributed to the University of New Mexico, Kirkland Air Force Base, and a number of other labs and research institutes. Albuquerque is also the seat of the Diocese of the Rio Grande. The Pueblo Revival style of architecture was popularized by an Albuquerque native John Gaw Meem. A number of outstanding examples, including the University of New Mexico, exist in Albuquerque.

Otherpopular places to visitinclude Old Town Albuquerque, Sandia Mountain, and the Albuquerque Biological Park. The Petroglyph National Monument is one of the city's most popular. Albuquerque was voted Men's Fitness number one fit city because the city offers outstanding bike lanes, a number of public and private gyms, and a very low obesity and health injury rate. If you're not from Albuquerque, you may remember what it looks like from the movie Sunshine Cleaning and television shows such as Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight. The City of Albuquerque is racially very diverse and threw a festival to represent their diversity and celebrate their history at their Tri-centennial Celebration. Yes, the city has been inhabited since 1706.

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